Ken Moffat ken at kenmoffat.uklinux.net
Sun Jan 9 16:27:42 PST 2005

On Sun, 9 Jan 2005, Robert Connolly wrote:

> Almost everything is dynamically linked by default. insmod, and ldconfig, need
> to be statically linked. --with-pic might help when vulnerabilities are
> found. If you don't have a static version of zlib then you automatically know
> that you won't have to rebuild other applications to upgrade, or openssl,
> etc. I don't know if it would annoy people if static libs were missing.

 With the possible exception of libc (to build a static toolchain), I
had assumed that removing static libs was a good thing for this very
reason.  Even on a development box, most of us won't miss static libs.

 Of course, Bennett will take a different view, but then he'll
have already documented what he has to rebuild if package foo has a
vulnerability :)  What gets me, at least on the desktop, is the number
of static libraries scattered around (e.g. by almost anything in gnome).

 das eine Mal als Tragödie, das andere Mal als Farce

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