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Re: macros for rpath support

From: Henrique de Moraes Holschuh
Subject: Re: macros for rpath support
Date: Wed, 22 May 2002 09:26:11 -0300
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On Wed, 22 May 2002, Bruno Haible wrote:
> > is it easy to _disable_ such feature?  We have our own reasons for
> > not wanting rpath information in our Debian packages
> Yes. You simply specify --prefix=/nonexistent at configuration time.
> At installation time you use "make install DESTDIR=/tmp/destdir" and
> then move the installed files from /tmp/destdir/nonexistent to
> /usr/local or wherever you want to have them.

This is very un-optimal. Some programs embed the prefix path to find other
files, and those would break quite hard...  It would be best if we could
tell your autoconf macros not to use rpath in a way guaranteed to have no
side-efects, and mucking with something other macros use isn't it :-(

> But you should know that by doing this you push the LD_LIBRARY_PATH
> problem back to the user (unless you already deal with it in some
> way).

We are a distribution. We _do_ make sure all our libs are in the right
place, and reachable by the runtime linker without the need for user
configuration. As I said, we have our own reasons to strip rpath from almost
all libraries, and we do know what we are doing.

  "One disk to rule them all, One disk to find them. One disk to bring
  them all and in the darkness grind them. In the Land of Redmond
  where the shadows lie." -- The Silicon Valley Tarot
  Henrique Holschuh

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