Status of libtool 2.2.X?

Toshio Kuratomi a.badger at
Fri Oct 10 19:07:24 UTC 2008

Adam Jackson wrote:
> On Fri, 2008-10-10 at 11:31 -0700, Toshio Kuratomi wrote:
>> Hand coding Makefiles to compile shared libraries on all platforms is .
>>  Before libtools many upstreams simply wouldn't package shared libraries
>> because of all the problems with getting it right for SunOS, Solaris,
>> OpenBSD, NetBSD, i386BSD, FreeBSD, AIX, Linux-aout, Linux-elf, gcc, acc,
>> etc.  If the state of the art has advanced and there's a tool that can
>> replace libtool so a developer can say "I want a shared library" and the
>> tool builds it on all platforms then we could look into getting
>> upstreams to switch but simply getting rid of libtool in favour of
>> handcoding Makefiles to build shared libraries is a step in the wrong
>> direction.
> The state of the art is "gcc -shared".
So gcc is the compiler everywhere these days?  Note this is a genuine
question -- I haven't used anything besides Linux in so long I don't
know whether Sun or anyone else is shipping their own C compiler anymore.


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