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Re: foo-config scripts and removed .la files

From: Bob Friesenhahn
Subject: Re: foo-config scripts and removed .la files
Date: Sun, 20 May 2012 11:31:08 -0500 (CDT)
User-agent: Alpine 2.01 (GSO 1266 2009-07-14)

On Sun, 20 May 2012, Werner LEMBERG wrote:

Some foo-config scripts like freetype-config have an option


to display the library's .la file.  However, it is more and more
common that .la files get removed by distributions if installed in
/usr/lib, as you are certainly aware.

What is this information used for? Libtool and libltdl already automatically search for .la files before resorting to a fallback. The only case I am aware of where the .la file is needed is if it has been directly specified.

My primary thought would be that the person responsible for removing the .la files needs to take responsibility for correcting any consequences.

Bob Friesenhahn
GraphicsMagick Maintainer,

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