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Re: Hardcoding of .la file paths in .la files

On Tue, Oct 14, 2003 at 09:52:28AM +0200, Josselin Mouette wrote:
> I really feel we should get rid of all these static libraries. Who uses
> static linking now that even our glibc doesn't support it correctly
> across versions?

People who want their binaries to run across different Linux machines.
People who don't want to keep up with rapidly changing library APIs.
People who want to have reliable emergency recovery tools available.
People who use performance critical libs on register-starved machines.
People who need to minimize startup times.

To name but a few. Just because there's little incentive to use static
linkage when building Debian packages doesn't mean that we should
deprecate it. Unless you're willing to convince the admin of the
beowulf cluster next door to install libyoddafoo on several hundred
nodes for me.


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