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Re: diff/Makefile.am


From: Derek R. Price
Subject: Re: diff/Makefile.am
Date: Thu, 01 Mar 2001 08:27:18 -0500

Pavel Roskin wrote:

> Hello, Derek!
>
> > 1)  Distribute a stable release
> ...
> >      b)  If installed version >= packaged version, do not install
>
> It makes sence. I didn't know about that scheme. One important point here
> is that you will be unable to implant hacks into the included library,
> since chances are that it will be installed.

True, but linking against a shared library contatins the same dangers.  In a 
perfect
world, stable release of packages like zlib & libdiff would have APIs and a 
lack of
bugs such that they wouldn't require hacking.  Hence my opinion that if we have 
a
change for those sections of the CVS code we should actually be talking to the
diff-utils &/or zlib developers.


> I don't understand what you mean, but probably we are talking about
> different things. If you are linking against libfoo and it depends on

No, I don't think we were.talking about different things.  I meant that when a
Libtool lib gets installed that it installs a metadata file called libx.la 
(where x
is package-dependant), then shoves the "real" libx.a & libx.so files in a 
'.libs'
directory where they, in theory, won't be noticed.

You mentioned that use of libtool could spread like a virus because if the *.la 
lib
was installed then other packages needed libtool to use it.  I was pointing out 
that
if the *.a & *.so libs were installed in parallel rather than in the .libs
subdirectory then anybody could use the installed libraries.

I was wondering if I had simply missed a good reason that this hadn't been fixed
yet.

Derek

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