[Fedora-packaging] Re: paragraph on shipping static numerical libs updated

Axel Thimm Axel.Thimm at ATrpms.net
Sat Jun 2 18:13:08 UTC 2007

On Sat, Jun 02, 2007 at 07:58:06PM +0200, Patrice Dumas wrote:
> Hello,
> Here is an updated version of the paragraph about shipping static
> numerical libs taking into account the comments on the first version.
> The objective is to have this included in
> http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/PackagingDrafts/StaticLibraryChanges
> at the end of 'Packaging Static Libraries'.
> * in the case of user compiled programs doing numerical computations or
>   data analysis, using static libraries may be useful. Indeed it allows
>   to build static executables that have more chance to be run on other
>   platforms than the box they were compiled in, that have different
>   dynamic library versions or even that don't have the library installed
>   at all. At the same time those applications, in general, don't need
>   the features brought in by shared libraries (no need for nss, no
>   security issue, no need for iconv...). Therefore it may be acceptable
>   or even desirable to ship static libraries for numerical and data
>   processing libraries to help users needing to link statically their
>   locally compiled executables. The static libraries still need to be
>   in separate sub-packages and this doesn't means that the executables
>   packaged in Fedora should be link statically, this is only for users 
>   linking locally their own programs.
>   Some packagers feel that this is not the right solution for locally 
>   compiled programs portability, since it is not general (doesn't work
>   with nss, iconv...). However a general solution doesn't seems to exist
>   yet.

I like it. :)
Axel.Thimm at ATrpms.net
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