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Re: Status of libtool 2.2.X?

On Fri, 2008-10-10 at 11:31 -0700, Toshio Kuratomi wrote:
> David Woodhouse wrote:
> > On Wed, 2008-10-08 at 19:36 +0200, Karsten Hopp wrote:
> >> Getting libtool-2.2 into F-11 is my plan, but I most likely need to get that through
> >> FESCo as it breaks up to 300 packages according to my mass rebuilds. I'm going to
> >> prepare a Wiki page with details about that.
> > 
> > Isn't the whole point of libtool that it should make things _easier_,
> > not break huge swathes of packages whenever we change it?
> > 
> > How about we fix those 300 packages by making them _not_ use libtool,
> > rather than making them use the latest version?
> > 
> 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".

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