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Re: ranlib and i686-pc-linux-gnu-ranlib

From: Ralf Corsepius
Subject: Re: ranlib and i686-pc-linux-gnu-ranlib
Date: Tue, 25 Jan 2005 08:01:26 +0100

On Mon, 2005-01-24 at 17:12 +0100, Antonio Coralles wrote:
> May there be a differnece between ranlib and  i686-pc-linux-gnu-ranlib 
> and/or ar and i686-pc-linux-gnu-ar ?

It depends on what you are doing. You are providing to little details.

In general, <tool> is supposed to be a native tool, while 
<target>-<tool> is supposed to be a cross tool targeting <target>.

>  and if yes, how can i force 
> automake/autoconf to choose a particular
>  - or better - in any case the 
> correct version ?
It depends on what you are doing.

For native compilation you normally want <tool>, for cross-compilation,
you normally want <target>-<tool>.

With properly written configure scripts and correctly set up PATH,
you'll get the native versions if not specifying --host when running
configure, and the cross-tools when running
configure --host=<target>


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