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Re: pointless automake error about libtool libraries

From: Bruno Haible
Subject: Re: pointless automake error about libtool libraries
Date: Mon, 21 Aug 2006 18:57:50 +0200
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Ralf Wildenhues wrote:
> But this would still prevent automake to warn the user when he used
>   noinst_LTLIBRARIES = libfoo.la
>   lib_LTLIBRARIES = libfoo.la
> but really meant to use
>   if COND_FOO
>   noinst_LTLIBRARIES = libfoo.la
>   else
>   lib_LTLIBRARIES = libfoo.la
>   endif

automake could still _warn_ about it. What I'm complaining about is that
it gives an error (exit code 1), although the purpose of the error -
avoiding conflicts in -rpath options - is not met.

> I'm sorry but I still fail to see the added value.

automake goes a long way allowing to specify _what_ to compile,
_what_ to install, and _what_ to distribute, instead of the _how_ to do
it (in the ancient Makefile world). The "+=" augmentation of variables
allows the programmer to make all these specifications independently. 

Here actually I'd like to have one tool specify what to compile (namely,
libfoo.la), and other tool specify what to install (namely, libfoo.la
as well). You force me to put both specifications into the same
line in Makefile.am. This makes it impossible to have gnulib-tool
generate one of them and have the other one written by hand.

> gnulib-tool could be made smart enough to output the right thing in
> the first place

Do you have an idea how to do so without an additional command-line option?

> or let configure compute where to put the library. 

How? I don't follow you here.


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