Subject: Re: libtool(?) and buildlink2 question
To: Michal Pasternak <>
From: Frederick Bruckman <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 12/21/2003 12:31:34
On Sun, 21 Dec 2003, Michal Pasternak wrote:

> For example, I'd like to include -lncurses every time libtool is given
> -lreadline. How do I do that?

For example of what? (It seems you snipped too much!)

Why would you ever want to do such a thing, and what does that have
to do with libtool?

The ELF binary format permits shared libraries to depend on other
shared libraries, for cases where they really do. The smartest thing
libtool can do, is to respect that and stay out of the way. Letting
".la" files enforce a different set of dependencies than those
expressed in the ".so" files leads to madness.