It seems that any libraries that use libtool have probably been compiled incorrectly. libtool will, if it is able to, put information in shared libraries with a list of all shared libraries that will be needed, so that when a program is linked with one of those libraries, all of them get pulled in. The problem is that libtool uses file to determine whether something is a shared library or not, with a very specific regular expression. This regex fails on mips, because file also outputs the level of mips processor the code was compiled for (mips-1, mips-2, etc.), screwing up the regex, and causing libtool to not put this extra information into libraries. I've opened a serious bug on file to have this fixed, as it really isn't feasible to change the regex in every libtool program in the distribution. (#83303), which includes a patch I've been using here which solves the problem. I've talked to the maintainer of file, and he intends to upload a new version soon. libtool libraries that were compiled without the change to file will probably need to be recompiled. Immediately coming to mind are libsasl and imlib. A symptom of the breakage is configure scripts saying that they can't find a library they are looking for, when it and the -dev are installed. If you compile the configure test program manually and run it, you'll see that there are missing symbols caused by the missing libraries. If you want to fix the problem now, grab the patch in bug #83303, and apply it and recompile/install file, or attempt to apply the patch directly to /usr/share/misc/magic. The latter should work, with a lot of fuzz, but I haven't tried it myself... -- Ryan Murray, (firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org) Projects Manager, Stormix Technologies Inc., Debian Developer The opinions expressed here are my own.
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