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Re: rc9 Build failure on Hardy: cannot find the library `/usr/lib/libneon.la'

From: Peter Samuelson <peter_at_p12n.org>
Date: Mon, 9 Jun 2008 10:18:24 -0500

[Stefan Sperling]
> > pkg-config --libs neon
> > - what I suggested this time. Since this is the whole job of
> > pkg-config, it had better work correctly.
> > Unfortunately, one can't assume pkg-config is available on all Unix systems.
> Is this why you didn't explicitly suggest the patch to be
> applied? You didn't put [PATCH] in the subject...

Well, it was Eric Hanchrow who posted the patch, which I gave to him in
free-form prose over IRC.

But yeah, I probably would not have brought up the subject at all,
because I'm a bit tired of fighting this battle, defending the Debian
position that libtool is a necessary evil whose intrusion upon the
lives of ordinary packages should be minimized (thus, the very
existence of 'neon-config --la-file' is a layering violation), and that
pkg-config is ".la files done right".

Also, to account for the static linking case, you'd need to
conditionalize the pkg-config call:

  pkg-config --libs neon
  pkg-config --libs --static neon

Since I have no particular interest in either static linking for
libsvn, or platforms that don't have pkg-config, I am content to ship
my one-line, Debian-specific patch to build/ac-macros/neon.m4, and
leave it at that.

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