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libdetect, library reduction

On Sat, Jul 28, 2001 at 08:08:28AM -0700, David Kimdon wrote:
> > > I helped with the patch for libdetect0-udeb and it would be very easy to
> > > add (or remove) symbols (there is a variable in ./debian/rules) .  I think
> > > libdetect0-udeb isn't the way to go, howver and sent a patch to the BTS
> > > (#85638) to make a -pic library so we can do library reduction on
> > > libdetect.
> > 
> > BTW, where can I learn more about this library reduction stuff ? I don't
> > know much about it. Any pointer to a good doc ?
> I don't know of a good doc.  I've looked at and played with mklibs.sh
> with small test programs to see what is going on.  That is just a
> reference to an implementation, admittedly, but it is an ok place to start
> depending on how comfortable you are with shell scripts and low-level
> binutils type stuff.

And as yet another approach to this, I just found out that the libdetect
people have a program in CVS called ldetect that is supposed a "light"
slimmed-down version of the libdetect source, supposedly intended for
installers and the like. It uses the same hardware database as (the CVS
version of) libdetect. Speaking of which, I just wrote to the
maintainers to ask if there'd be a release anytime soon. There seem to
be a whole lot of hardware table updates and other goodies in the CVS
version of libdetect that are of course lacking in the release version
that's in Debian. It'd be nice to have a more up-to-date version available
for the Woody release, so that all the latest hardware can be supported.

> -David

Dan Helfman
Hover Carnage: http://hover.sf.net

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