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Re: Debian patches

From: Jim Meyering
Subject: Re: Debian patches
Date: Sun, 07 Mar 2010 11:59:26 +0100

Paolo Bonzini wrote:

> On 03/07/2010 09:42 AM, Jim Meyering wrote:
>> Reuben Thomas wrote:
>>> Could I get some clarification on whether there's any desire for an
>>> acceptable version of my patch to allow libpcre to be linked at
>>> run-time?
>> I certainly like the idea.
> So distros would exchange putting libpcre in /lib with putting libltdl
> in /lib (since using libdl is a no-no for upstream, but statically
> linking libltdl is a no-no for many distributions).
> Secondarily, grep is not using libtool, and the advantages of adding
> it together with libltdl would have to be evaluated too (also WRT
> portability).
> So, I won't strongly oppose that, but I think that overall Debian is
> much better served by its current small patch.  It would have to be
> well weighed and should be an opt-in configure option anyway.

I too hesitate to commit to libtool for something so small and optional.
How about making this feature available only on systems that
provide working dlopen and shared library support?

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