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From: Christopher Schwan <cschwan@...>
Subject: Re: la files for sci-libs/mpir
Date: Sun, 14 Aug 2011 10:53:26 +0200
On Saturday 13 August 2011 23:40:58 you wrote:
> Hi science devs,
> 
> An amd64 arch tester asked me to 'remove the .la files' from mpir.  I
> must admit that I still don't see through this.  Not all .la files are
> evil, or are they?  Should the ones coming with mpir not be installed?
> 
> Thanks for any hints,
> Thomas

Hi Thomas,

most of the time they are just unnecessary - if you do not install both shared 
and static libraries I suggest to drop them. I am not an expert, but Flameeyes 
has some enlightening post on his blog, e.g.

    http://blog.flameeyes.eu/2008/04/14/what-about-those-la-files

I suggest you simply use the autotool-utils.eclass (mpir uses autotools, 
right?) which take care of them. The eclass' manpage provides a nice example 
how to achieve this behavior (note the use of "static-libs" USE-flag).

Cheers,
Christopher



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