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Re: removal of .la files from Debian and a possible solution to the libt

From: Bob Friesenhahn
Subject: Re: removal of .la files from Debian and a possible solution to the libtool shared libs problem
Date: Tue, 25 Aug 2009 11:42:19 -0500 (CDT)

On Tue, 25 Aug 2009, Mike Frysinger wrote:

Relying on the OS's implicit dependency features seems to be an
approach which is fraught with peril.

why ?

When viewing the issue through Linux package-maintainer spectacles everything looks pretty straightforward since the environment and packages are well managed and tested prior to deployment. Any failures can be usefully corrected. Libraries are carefully built with well-managed partial dependency lists. If you consider the case where someone installs and builds everything from a random collection of source packages on a random Linux release, then the situation is different.

This issue has some up oodles of times. Obviously there is a good reason for the complaints (Linux equivalent of "DLL hell") but the solution in libtool needs to be assured to work everywhere, and not just on well-managed well-manicured recent Linux.

Bob Friesenhahn
GraphicsMagick Maintainer,

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