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Re: autotools hurts my brain; it's a monster out of control



On Fri, Dec 05, 2008 at 12:28:44AM -0500, Peter Jones wrote:
> Responding to the correct mailing list for this discussion.  Cc:ing the other one.
>
> Ulrich Drepper wrote:
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>> John Dennis wrote:
>>> I've had my fill of autotool problems (especially libtool)
>>
>> Don't throw in libtool with the rest.  libtool was available in the
>> spirit of the auto tools only in its very first version (which of those
>> reading this only Jim and Tom will know).  Then came the windows and
>> HP-SUX idiots and ruined it.  I've for the longest time said libtool
>> should not be used (and I don't do it in my code).  In the worst case a
>> simple Linux-only replacement for libtool should be used.
>
> I agree that a Linux-only replacement for libtool should be used, if at 
> all.  So why isn't there one available in Fedora that deps on "libtool" 
> will pick by default?

No one has explained yet how these packages that don't use libtool
will work when cross-compiling to Windows (or on HP-SUX / all the
other platforms that have different ways to make shared libraries).

Really: use libtool, it helps.

Rich.


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