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Re: depending on shared libbfd from binutils-dev

On Sun, May 22, 2005 at 10:36:05AM -0700, Steve Langasek wrote:
> On Sun, May 22, 2005 at 12:24:28PM -0500, Micah Anderson wrote:
> > The package description for binutils-dev says the following:
> > >Description: The GNU binary utilities (BFD development files) This
> > > package includes header files and static libraries necessary to build
> > > programs which use the GNU BFD library, which is part of binutils.
> > > Note that building Debian packages which depend on the shared libbfd
> > > is Not Allowed.
> > I see this in the binutils-dev package description, however I dont see
> > it anywhere else, not in the policy, not in lintian/linda checks, not
> > on any mailing lists.... I see a couple of people on debian-devel
> > asking (a couple years ago) what the deal is with this, but no
> > informative responses. Does anyone know *why* this is and why this
> > isn't documented somewhere more visible?
> Because libbfd does not have a stable ABI suitable for public use, nor is
> there currently a way to express a dependency on this library without
> things breaking (you can't depend on "binutils" and have any guarantee of
> getting the correct lib).

Does make me wonder why we ship libbfd.so and libopcodes.so, instead of
just the static libraries.

Daniel Jacobowitz
CodeSourcery, LLC

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