Subject: Re: libtool
To: Klaus Heinz <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Todd Vierling <email@example.com>
Date: 02/12/2002 12:24:36
On Tue, 12 Feb 2002, Klaus Heinz wrote:
: pkgsrc/Packages.txt mentions 'libtool' in chapter 6.2. My understanding
: of 'libtool' has been in the direction 'abstraction of shared library
: creation on _different_ platforms' but the text in Packages.txt
: seems to consider the NetBSD ports as different platforms.
NetBSD *is* different between different ports for many reasons:
* different accepted link-time flags (older a.out only accepts "ld -Bshareable"
whereas ELF and newer a.out uses "cc -shared")
* different way of handling libraries for ELF vs. a.out (ELF needs a -soname
and may need -export-dynamic for some programs; a.out doesn't accept
either of these options at all)
Essentially, these differences make for different platforms, and something
has to cope with it (even on packages that "just work" on *some* NetBSD
platforms/versions). A while back, it was decided that libtool was the most
mature solution available at the time to do this.
Also, pkgsrc is used on more than just NetBSD....
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