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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: Wed, 26 Aug 2009 10:56:57 -0500 (CDT)

On Wed, 26 Aug 2009, Ralf Wildenhues wrote:

Linux does seem to have good dynamic linker support and its a shame
libtool effectively drags it down to a lower common denominator of other
platforms with worse support.

Actually, historically that was probably done on purpose, to remind
developers that they wouldn't have the same power available everywhere
(which can help avoid relying on nonportable features).  (I'm not
stating my own opinion here.)

It is indeed true that since many packages are primarily developed under Linux using shared libraries and since Linux offers up dependencies automatically, then many packages will fail to compile on operating systems which don't do that. The problem is really more cultural/social/political (i.e. "No need to test on anything but GNU Linux") than technical. Since Linux is already offering up dependencies automatically (and also deleting the .la files), the problem already exists, and porters commonly need to deal with it.

Given the current situation, it seems correct that Linux should be more equal than the others.

Bob Friesenhahn
GraphicsMagick Maintainer,

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