[Fedora-packaging] paragraph on shipping static numerical libs

Patrice Dumas pertusus at free.fr
Sat May 26 10:41:56 UTC 2007


Here is a paragraph explaining why some libs may be usefull in their
static version:

* 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.


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