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Re: libtool issue

From: Peter Samuelson <peter_at_p12n.org>
Date: 2007-12-07 15:23:38 CET

[Stefan Sperling]
> If this is really a bug in libtool, it is a major bug IMHO, making
> libtool next to useless.

If this is the same bug as the known one in Debian libtool, it does not
render libtool "next to useless". It only manifests itself when you're
linking an executable to an in-tree library which itself is linked to a
second in-tree library, AND you also happen to already have a version
of the second library in your system library location, AND the first
library needs something from the second library which the system copy
doesn't provide.

It happens with Subversion, sure, but it isn't exactly a common case
for libtool in general. By the way, the way I work around it in the
Debian build scripts is just to throw an error if the user has the
'libsvn-dev' package installed on the build system. So you have to
remove libsvn-dev before rebuilding svn. (In practice, installing and
removing packages in order to auto-build a package is such a common
case in Debian, and so easy to do anyway, that I doubt my workaround
poses a serious inconvenience.)

Peter Samuelson | org-tld!p12n!peter | http://p12n.org/
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