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

From: Mike Frysinger
Subject: Re: removal of .la files from Debian and a possible solution to the libtool shared libs problem
Date: Tue, 25 Aug 2009 18:17:19 -0400
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On Tuesday 25 August 2009 17:52:07 Bob Friesenhahn wrote:
> On Tue, 25 Aug 2009, Russ Allbery wrote:
> >> Relying on the OS's implicit dependency features seems to be an approach
> >> which is fraught with peril.
> >
> > Relying on the dynamic linker to resolve implicit dependencies is the
> > only way that it's really feasible to maintain a distribution the size of
> > Debian.  Otherwise, your shared library dependencies get so entangled
> > that it's extremely difficult to correctly handle transitions.
> Note that program/library linkage and the dynamic linker are two
> entirely different things.  Libtool only takes care of the former,
> although it may run ldconfig to assist with the latter.

while your statement is true all by itself, it doesnt really change anything 
Russ has said.  the point of this thread was to have libtool only link direct 
dependencies under linux and let the dynamic linker resolve the implicit 
dependencies ("implicit" obviously means all dependencies beyond the direct 

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