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Re: default $(libdir) and bi-arch systems

From: Russ Allbery
Subject: Re: default $(libdir) and bi-arch systems
Date: Tue, 09 Sep 2008 20:07:40 -0700
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Ralf Corsepius <address@hidden> writes:

> This is non-applicable, because there is no general rule to distinguish
> "64bit compiler flags from 32bit compiler flags", nor any hard-coded
> rule to which multisubdir a compiler might be using.
> I.e. an approach trying to snoop for -m32/-m64 would be naive. 
> If somebody you really wants to set up a "reasonable guess" at a "the
> multi-subdir in effect", he would have to dig much deeper into a
> compiler's internals.

I happened to be looking at this just today and ended up adopting the
following solution when adding library search paths for third-party
libraries.  It's very similar to the solution used in Cyrus SASL.  (The
LICENSE mentioned below is the Expat/MIT license.)

Also, I'd love a better solution to the problem mentioned in the comments
for the first macro.

dnl lib-pathname.m4 -- Determine the library path name.
dnl Red Hat systems and some other Linux systems use lib64 and lib32 rather
dnl than just lib in some circumstances.  This file provides an Autoconf
dnl macro, RRA_SET_LDFLAGS, which given a variable and a prefix, adds
dnl -Lprefix/lib, -Lprefix/lib32, or -Lprefix/lib64 to the variable depending
dnl on which directories exist and the size of a long in the compilation
dnl environment.
dnl Written by Russ Allbery <address@hidden>
dnl Copyright 2008 Board of Trustees, Leland Stanford Jr. University
dnl See LICENSE for licensing terms.

dnl Probe for the alternate library name that we should attempt on this
dnl architecture, given the size of an int, and set rra_lib_arch_name to that
dnl name.  Separated out so that it can be AC_REQUIRE'd and not run multiple
dnl times.
dnl There is an unfortunate abstraction violation here where we assume we know
dnl the cache variable name used by Autoconf.  Unfortunately, Autoconf doesn't
dnl provide any other way of getting at that information in shell that I can
dnl see.
 AS_IF([test "$ac_cv_sizeof_long" -eq 4 && test -d /usr/lib32],
     [AS_IF([test "$ac_cv_sizeof_long" -eq 8 && test -d /usr/lib64],

dnl The public interface.  Add -LPREFIX/lib{,32,64} to VARIABLE as
dnl appropriate.
 AS_IF([test -d "$2/$rra_lib_arch_name"],

Russ Allbery (address@hidden)             <>

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