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Re: improving INSTALL contents, take two

From: Ralf Wildenhues
Subject: Re: improving INSTALL contents, take two
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2009 19:44:37 +0200
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.20 (2009-06-15)

Hello Alfred,

* Alfred M. Szmidt wrote on Wed, Jul 29, 2009 at 08:51:19AM CEST:
>    +However, some platforms have known
>    +limitations with the semantics of shared libraries that end up requiring
>    +recompilation when using this method, particularly noticeable in
>    +packages that use @acronym{GNU} Libtool.
> Is it worth mentioning this libtool bug?  Maybe put it in a footnote?

It is not so much a bug in Libtool as a limitation in some systems.
Of course, if you find a way to work around it, then it could be said
to be a bug in Libtool, but then, even better than documenting that in
end-user text would be to just fix the bug.  :-)

>    +For packages which support @samp{DESTDIR}, the variable should remain
>    +undefined during @command{configure} and @samp{make all}, and only be
>    +specified during @samp{make install}.
> Does anyone know of a package that gets affected during
> configure/install time by DESTDIR?  I find the aboe a bit confusing,
> and think that it might be worth not mentioning it at all.

I can only guess that Eric may have meant it as a reminder to developers
not to define DESTDIR in configure scripts and makefiles.


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