[Fedora-packaging] Re: Re: LibtoolArchives, v0.3

Rex Dieter rdieter at math.unl.edu
Wed Jan 17 16:04:28 UTC 2007

Enrico Scholz wrote:

> rdieter at math.unl.edu (Rex Dieter) writes:
>>>> Huh?  .la libtool archives in LD_LIBRARY_PATH are those used for
>>>> *linking*, so why not -devel?
>>> E.g. /usr/lib/kde3/kded_kdeprintd.la contains
>>> | dependency_libs=' ... /usr/lib/libkio.la ... '
>>> --> /usr/lib/libkio.la is needed at runtime and must be in a main
>>> package.
>> Not necessarily.  Just because something is listed as a
>> dependency_lib, and it is missing, does not make loading it fail.
>> (Try it, or trust me, *I* have, for kde bits anyway).
> The decision whether loading fails or succeeds depends on the module,
> not the library. 

I'd argue that any such module is thus broken by design, since it includes
undefined symbols, and should be fixed.

>>> Saying that packager has to decide on a case-by-case base does not help;
>> It's better than the status-quo of saying .la files MUST (always) be
>> omitted.
> Your proposal is not better: it will make reviewers cry when .la files
> are in main instead of -devel.

I'm willing to compromise to include these bits in main (and not -devel) if
that's what it takes to gain your support/vote.

-- Rex

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