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Re: [libvirt] fix build failure with --disable-shared



On Thu, Jan 07, 2010 at 10:23:28PM +0100, Daniel Veillard wrote:
> On Thu, Jan 07, 2010 at 08:36:25PM +0000, Daniel P. Berrange wrote:
> > On Thu, Jan 07, 2010 at 09:19:17PM +0100, Diego Elio ???Flameeyes??? Petten? wrote:
> > > Il giorno gio, 07/01/2010 alle 21.14 +0100, Jim Meyering ha scritto:
> > > > 
> > > > The change below reverts 8838ee39ab1c2bb7fffe93bfda220692664e8be6,
> > > > so Diego, if your goal (with the reverted change) was more than to
> > > > avoid seemingly-unnecessary work, please tell us what it was. 
> > > 
> > > Well, to put it simply: you *cannot* both have the Python extension
> > > *and* disable shared libraries.
> > > 
> > > --disable-shared tells libtool not to build any kind of shared object
> > > for the project; Python extensions are shared objects _only_.
> > > 
> > > While you could avoid building libvirt.so (and just have libvirt.a) you
> > > cannot get Python extensions by just building libvirtmod.a.
> > > 
> > > So basically --disable-shared --with-python would just produce an
> > > unusable output without my change, and produce a proper error condition
> > > with.
> > 
> > Agreed, if we want to support --disable-shared, then we can't pretend that
> > building python works. Either expect the error we already have which is
> > accurate, or make configure forcably disable the whole python build.
> 
>   I assume Jim want to keep --disable-shared as a convenient way to
> force libtool to generated binaries statically linked which is easier
> when dealing with gdb. If that's the case what would be nice is to be
> able to instruct auto*/libtool to build both libraries (where possible)
> but force linking with static libraries. I have no idea how to do this
> but that would be an useful option for autogen or configure.

What problems do shared libraries cause with GDB - I've never had any
trouble with it at all - it 'just works' perfectly picking up any debuginfo
packages from things we link against too. The only GDB issues I see are its
inability to cope with -O2 optimized code.

>   Or just disable python if --disable-shared is passed that would be
> fine too I think,

I think that is the best option.

Daniel
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