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Re: -Wl,--as-needed considered possibly harmful

On Mon, Dec 10, 2007 at 01:47:15PM -0500, Michael Poole wrote:
> Steve Langasek writes:
> >>
> >> For example, pkg-config --libs gtk+-x11-2.0 will return, among others,
> >> -lglib-2.0 and -lm. And this is perfectly intentional.
> >
> > Just because it's intentional doesn't mean it isn't absurd and wrong.
> What happens for a user who (however absurd or insane he might be to
> try this with gtk+) tries to link his application statically?
> Perhaps the "absurd and wrong" part is that pkg-config does not
> provide a way to distinguish between use cases, and that the name for
> the current behavior should also be --static-libs rather than --libs,
> but there is a good reason to provide the transitive closure of
> dependencies for a package *somewhere* in pkg-config.

pkg-config *does* have a --static flag, which does appear to cause
--libs to emit Libs.private and other things that would normally be
handled by the dynamic-linking of shared libs.


Daniel Macks

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