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Re: LD not precious?

From: Philip A. Prindeville
Subject: Re: LD not precious?
Date: Thu, 14 Jan 2010 12:35:59 -0800
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On 01/14/2010 12:10 PM, Ralf Wildenhues wrote:
> Hi Philip,
> * Philip A. Prindeville wrote on Thu, Jan 14, 2010 at 02:43:49AM CET:
>> Silly question, but I was working on a particular project
>> (dahdi-tools) and I noticed that the value of LD that was passed to
>> "configure" didn't get saved into "makeopts".
>> I hacked the file as:
> [...]
>> +
> [...]
>> and this seems to work, but this left me wondering why "LD" isn't a
>> precious variable, just like "CC" is.
> First off, a naming nit: in the Autoconf lingo, AC_SUBST makes a
> variable be "substituted", i.e., occurrences of @LD@ in <file>.in for
> <file> listed in an AC_CONFIG_FILES macro are replaced by config.status
> with the value of $LD.  "Precious" variables on the other hand are those
> substituted variables which are also saved and restored for an eventual
> `./config.status --recheck' triggering another configure run.
> Now, by default, LD is neither precious nor substituted, because
> nowadays the linker is rarely needed directly: most packages come by
> with using the compiler driver for linking, who then calls the linker.
> Libtool, by the way, uses $LD sometimes, and AC_PROG_LIBTOOL causes $LD
> to be substituted.
>> Looking at the contents of /usr/share/autoconf/autoconf/ for autoconf
>> 2.63, I'm not seeing \<LD\> anywhere.
>> Is that an oversight? I ask because in a cross-compilation
>> environment, getting CC and LD right are equally important.
> Sure, but why would $LD be more important in cross compilation setups
> than in native ones?  The cross-compiler usually calls the right linker.
> Cheers,
> Ralf

Because I'm encountering Makefiles that call $(LD) directly, and default LD to 
"ld" unless you explicitly override it (and not setting it to $(CC)).

Overriding it every time I call "make" is a pain, and besides, I have a 
Makefile macro that contains all the usual values that I pass into 
"./configure" (i.e. HOSTCC="gcc" CC="$(TARGET_CC)" CFLAGS="$(TARGET_CFLAGS)" 

So specifying it during "configure" and then having "make all" and "make 
install" not need to have LD="$(TARGET_LD)" passed in would be a win.


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