.la files in /opt/Foo

John Gay johngay at eircom.net
Wed Mar 22 20:29:02 PST 2006

On Thursday 23 March 2006 09:36, Simon Geard wrote:
> On Wed, 2006-03-22 at 06:25 -0600, Randy McMurchy wrote:
> > You can't expect the developers to compare their software against
> > what other software does. We can only expect that the developers
> > adequately document what their software does, and how to use it. And
> > in this case, I believe they do.
> Well, to be fair, they document what their software does in terms that
> make sense to someone who needs to use their software, i.e other
> developers.
That's what I found. Quite some time ago, someone here tried to remove libtool 
and all the .la files from their system. I went to the libtool homepage to 
see what it did and why anyone would want to remove it. After reading for 
ages, I left that page with a massive headache and no clue about what they 
were talking about (-;

> That's how it should be since those are the people it's targeted at, but
> it's hard to appreciate what something like libtool does if you've never
> struggled with making something portable between, say, Linux, AIX, HP-UX
> and Windows.
Whereas Simon's explanation was quick, consice and to the point. Kinda like 
the difference between reading a Master's level Text on Quantum Mechanics, or 
Stephen Hawkings, 'A Brief History of Time'. They both describe the same 
thing, but the latter is understandable by mere mortals like me (-;

I'm sure developers understand the documentation provided, but us mere 
builders need the 'Brief History' version (-;


	John Gay

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