.la files in /opt/Foo

Lennon Cook maguswizardo at gmail.com
Tue Mar 21 04:16:00 PST 2006

On 3/20/06, Lennon Cook <maguswizardo at gmail.com> wrote:
>Now that I'm beggining to understand how it works,
> libtool (and, for that matter, pkg-config) strikes me as a horrid
> kludge, but I don't think theres any real alternative. My symlinks are
> also kludgy, but I believe them to be slightly less so, since they
> have the added benifit of not needing packages to know about them to
> be useful.
Ok, in retrospect this was a rash thing to say. Storing useful
information in text files can't be kludgy, and now that I actually sit
down and think about this for a whlie, seems like a very good idea. It
allows packages to be installed literally /anywhere/ and still work,
which is, to my understanding, exactly what the autotools are meant to
provide. What I should have said here was that I'm hoping to be able
to go further than the problem that they solve - I'm looking for
/relocatable/ packages. It strikes me that pkg-config does everything
libtool does, just in more general ways, and so I don't see a need for
any package to use *both*. But, in my goal of relocatable packages,  I
think pkg-config is still too specific - although (and this is the
main reason I say that my quote above was rash) I can't see any way to
solve this problem yet.

With apologies for the degraded SNR.

Lennon Victor Cook
"He who receives an idea from me receives without lessening, as he who
lights his candle at mine receives light without darkening" - Thomas

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