[Fedora-packaging] Re: libtool(.la) archive policy proposal

Alexandre Oliva aoliva at redhat.com
Thu Oct 12 20:01:03 UTC 2006

On Oct 12, 2006, Axel Thimm <Axel.Thimm at ATrpms.net> wrote:

> Seems to really depend on the software generating/using them. Or from
> a different viewpoint: if they really were not required (on Linux),
> then why are libtool authors installing them (on Linux)? We wouldn't
> be having this thread if the simple statement ".la files are not
> required" would indeed hold true.

They're part of the portable libtool library abstraction.  Removing
them means you give up some of the portability.  On GNU/Linux, with
the further constraint of not using static libraries, and only
installing libraries in directories searched by both ld and ld.so, you
don't lose or miss anything.

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