In bug 556046, libexpat.a was dropped from the -devel package which is correct.
But, it would be nice if fedora/redhat provided a -static package.
Suggestion, providing a good justification(1) for such a request could increase the likelihood of it getting implemented.
(1) and, because I want to link statically, probably doesn't count.
(In reply to comment #1)
> Suggestion, providing a good justification(1) for such a request could increase
> the likelihood of it getting implemented.
> (1) and, because I want to link statically, probably doesn't count.
When working with build systems that should work when ran on any distribution - provided the correct dependencies/requirements are available - it can be painful if one distribution was/is unable to provide a requirement.
While working with an internal build system that I use at work and while testing crosstool-ng on a few different distributions (ie: debian, ubuntu, slackware, gentoo, arch) I found they are all able to provide libexpat.a, but not rh/fedora. There are other differences these build systems have to over come. For instance, different versions of bash, make, autotools, etc... Having to build a static library for the 'one off' distribution is annoying.
It would be nice if Fedora provided libexpat.a in a -static package.
Done for f18.
[root@virt-f18g ~]# yum install -y -q expat-static && rpm -q expat-static