Subject: Re: patch to allow /etc/ld.so.conf configure directories for ELF
To: Jason Thorpe <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Greg Hudson <email@example.com>
Date: 03/11/1999 22:30:10
> If you RPATH this, and allow ld.so.conf, which libutil.so.4 is
> ld.elf_so supposed to pick? Even if you allow RPATH _with_
> ld.so.conf, you are screwed here!
Can you explain how ld.so.conf is any different from LD_LIBRARY_PATH
in this regard? You aren't "screwed," you just have to define which
> Plenty of other systems can deal with the lack of [ld.so.conf],
Like Solaris and IRIX? They don't have it, and it sucks. If I
maintain a site and I want to distribut shared libraries in a
directory not ordinarily in the library search path, I'm fairly
screwed. Relying on RPATH is one holy hell of a portability problem
("just add -R"? Try that with IRIX cc some day) and relying on users'
LD_LIBRARY_PATH settings is a recipe for a support nightmare.
I use ld.so.conf on NetBSD/i386 machines. It's helpful. I'd be
rather irritated if it went away.