Solicitation for commentary on automake/autoconf/libtool/gettex use

Dagmar d'Surreal dagmar at speakeasy.net
Fri Aug 30 21:12:35 PDT 2002


On Fri, 2002-08-30 at 16:53, Greg Schafer wrote:
> On Fri, Aug 30, 2002 at 12:44:25PM -0500, Dagmar d'Surreal wrote:
> > libtool - Seems to be a no-brainer, because the latest version of
> > libtool (1.4.2) seems to be working okay with everything.
> 
> It works but is buggy as hell. Redhat rawhide has some nice patches for
> it. A nice set of build scripts for Gnome2 from CVS is jhbuild (in Gnome
> CVS). It also includes the patches. The patches, amongst other things,
> get rid of the "exploding link line" phenomenon. That is the one where
> your build slows to a crawl coz the link line ends up looking like:-
> 
> -lz -lm -lm -lm -lm -lm -lz -lz -lm -lm -lm -lm -lm -lz -lz etc etc etc

OMG you made my day by telling me this.  Watching Evolution compile is
just _scary_ because of that issue.  I typically build with a 132x60
xterm and d*mn if that thing doesn't fill the _entire_ term with each
invocation of gcc at various points during the build!


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