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static libs ... again



So, not too long ago someone asked why I still had static libs in one of my packages since they are "banned" or at least strongly discouraged, so I started removing them from my packages. All of the libraries I maintain are math libraries, so security concerns are a non-issue. After removing the static libs from fftw-devel, it took less than 24 hours to get a bug report asking for them back. See https://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=181897 for the reasoning. At this point, here are my options:

1. tell the user that static libs are bad and to go use another distro
2. put them back in
3. create a -static package

I'm not going to do option 1. Option 2 seems to be frowned upon, but is there really any official policy against it? Option 3 has been proposed, but it never seemed like anyone agreed on it. What do you all think I should do.

-Quentin


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