[aur-general] status of libtool slaying

Ray Rashif schivmeister at gmail.com
Wed Nov 11 11:57:16 EST 2009

2009/11/11 Jan de Groot <jan at jgc.homeip.net>

> libtool always used to be the default and will stay this way. Some
> packages require .la files, and it's a hard job detecting them when they
> get removed by default. Showing a warning with namcap is much easier
> than finding out the other way around.
> >From this list posted above, I know at least mpg123, libsasl and
> libgphoto2 require libtool files to load their plugins.
> I think fam and gnutls kept the .la files for no clear reason. Fedora
> was the first to start deleting all these .la files, they kept the files
> in these packages. Nowadays Fedora removes the .la files from gnutls and
> gamin too, so we might do that in the near future also. Note that
> removing these files also means rebuilding all packages with .la files
> that include it.
> For libarchive we kept the .la files because static linking would fail
> without them. We don't do static linking with libarchive anymore, so if
> we ever decide to --disable-static, we should also remove the .la files
> in it.
> Fedora still keeps .la files in neon and even patches them to include
> less crap, so I guess they have a reason to keep the files.
> Moonlight doesn't contain .la files, and about kdemod-meanwhile: I don't
> use kdemod, so I can't comment on it.

Awesome; exactly what I wanted to know, thanks guys!

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