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Re: libreadline



On Sun, May 05, 2002 at 03:00:21PM +1000, Brian May wrote:
> On Sun, 2002-05-05 at 14:19, Thomas Bushnell, BSG wrote:
> > Suppose the proposal is enacted.  If it is, then I essentially *can't*
> > have libreadline on my system unless I refuse to have ssl-using
> > applications.  (Given that having -dev libraries is important to me.)

OpenSSL isn't the only package providing SSL functionality, GnuTLS
also exists for example.

> > > If you have libreadline installed, why would you want libeditline
> > > installed to?
> > 
> > Perhaps I might maintain a package that uses (because of licensing
> > restrictions or other problems) libeditline.
> 
> If the ABI is compatible, then this shouldn't be a problem.
> 
> > Perhaps I want to make my entire system available as a place to get
> > the whole system from.
> 
> Maybe it is a problem if you really want libreadline and also want to
> distribute it.
> 
> There are 2 solutions I have seen so far:
> 
>         1. link programs with libreadline instead of libeditline.
>         * pros: can install both at same time
>         * cons: cant substitute one for the other without rebuilding.
>         1. libreadline and libeditline both install libreadline.so.*
>         * pros: no source code changes.
>         * pros: can substitute on for the other at installation time.
>         * cons: can't install both at the same time.
> 
> (sorry about the broken numbering)
> 
> Maybe we can somehow merge these two solutions?

I think you can use update-alternatives to be able to install both
libraries.

Jeroen Dekkers
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