Re: Changes in dpkg Pre-Depends
Guillem Jover wrote:
> Regarding xz-utils' size, I was just checking and it seems not all
> programs are linking against liblzma, by passing --enable-dynamic to
> both configure lines the package gets reduced to 396 KiB. Also by
> not shipping xzdec and lzmadec the package gets down to 324 KiB.
> Jonathan, any reason why those are not dynamically linked?
The usual i386-centric reason: the PIC version is (~5%) slower than
the non-PIC version. See PACKAGERS in the source, section 4.1.
I considered doing this only on i386, but since I only have an i386 to
test on, I would worry about missing packaging bugs.
I could very easily be convinced to switch to dynamic linking. Please
file a bug (with what you just said about size and any other reasons).