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Bug 170029 - remove .la files (and static libs), or package these separately
remove .la files (and static libs), or package these separately
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: subversion (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Joe Orton
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Reported: 2005-10-06 13:37 EDT by Rex Dieter
Modified: 2007-11-30 17:11 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2005-10-20 05:16:44 EDT
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Description Rex Dieter 2005-10-06 13:37:53 EDT
Please remove all %{_libdir}/lib*.la files from the package. 
This will reduce libtool/library bloat.

Further, it will (mostly) solve the problem of needing to install
extreneous packages(*) in order to build anything that uses subversion-devel.

(*) like libselinux-devel, beecrypt-devel, elfutils-devel

(mostly Library) packages with .la files of their own that
BuildRequires: subversion-devel
(probably) will need to be rebuilt after this modification.

If insist in still including the .la files (and static libraries), 
1.  please package them separately into something like subversion-static or
subversion-devel-static, so it would be possible to omit via
2.  The package that includes the .la files (if being kept, or being packaged
separately), needs to add Requires: to account for the library references in
said .la files, including (at least):
neon-devel (reference to /usr/lib/libneon.la)
krb-devel (references to -lgssapi_krb5 -lkrb5 -lk5crypto -lkrb5support)
db4-devel (reference to /usr/lib/libdb-4.3.la)
openldap-devel (reference to -lldap -llber)
expat-devel (reference to /usr/lib/libexpat.la)
Comment 1 Rex Dieter 2005-10-06 13:40:57 EDT
Oops, ignore my incorrect
(*) like libselinux-devel, beecrypt-devel, elfutils-devel
reference.  See (2) for the list of extraneous BR's.
Comment 2 Rex Dieter 2005-10-06 16:50:02 EDT
This one needs to be dealt with carefully.  

Just found that removing these .la files breaks at least one package: kdesdk. 
It tries to link against subversion using only -lsvn_client-1, and without the
livsvn_client-1.la file to list the extra libraries, yields undefined symbols. 
I would argue that this is a bug in kdesdk, since it technically uses
functions/symbols from libraries it's not directly linking against (and
depending on libtool to simply pull in everything). 
Comment 3 Joe Orton 2005-10-20 05:16:44 EDT
Well, quite.  You can't link against the libraries if those dependencies are
missing anyway, so I don't see what this gains.  WONTFIX, again.  The static
libs are already gone which removes the real bloat.

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