Subject: Re: patch to allow /etc/ configure directories for ELF
To: Jason Thorpe <>
From: Greg Hudson <>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 03/11/1999 22:30:10
> If you RPATH this, and allow, which is
> ld.elf_so supposed to pick?  Even if you allow RPATH _with_
>, you are screwed here!

Can you explain how is any different from LD_LIBRARY_PATH
in this regard?  You aren't "screwed," you just have to define which
takes precedence.

> Plenty of other systems can deal with the lack of [],

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 on NetBSD/i386 machines.  It's helpful.  I'd be
rather irritated if it went away.