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Re: Issue starting Gorm, ProjectCenter, GWorkspace..etc on netbsd 5.0.2

From: Nicola Pero
Subject: Re: Issue starting Gorm, ProjectCenter, GWorkspace..etc on netbsd 5.0.2
Date: Mon, 8 Nov 2010 13:56:14 +0100 (CET)

>> freetype-config --libs
>> and it should return the right command options, but obviously it doesn't.
> It looks like the problem is that it is providing the correct flags to pass 
> to ld, but we are passing them to gcc.

Why do you say that ?  Any evidence ?

What I personally immediately noticed in that linker command line is that it 
has both -Wl,-R/usr/X11R6/lib -L/usr/X11R6/lib
*and* -Wl,-R/usr/X11R7/lib -L/usr/X11R7/lib.  Wouldn't these refer to different 
releases of X11 ?  Is it wise to link 
against the two at the same time ?  Wouldn't you get conflicting (or just the 
wrong) libraries linked in ?

> The correct thing for us to do would be to invoke ld directly, rather than 
> via the compiler driver,

Why would that be "correct" ?

GCC provides a (relatively) platform-independent way to link, and then it 
interfaces with
the local platform linker and drives it for us, so why would we want to 
replicate that layer ?

> but this would complicate GNUstep Make a lot (especially on Windows / Solaris 
> / anywhere 
> else that doesn't use GNU ld).

Yes, so why would invoking ld directly be "correct" ?  It would make porting 
to different platforms harder.

I mean, we could change to use "ld" directly to link, but I can't see any 
why that would help.


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