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From: Christoph Junghans <ottxor@g.o>
Subject: Re: la files for sci-libs/mpir
Date: Sun, 14 Aug 2011 17:34:15 +0200
Hi Thomas,

2011/8/14 Thomas Kahle <tomka@g.o>:
> 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?
That depends on what depends on mpir!

Basically the .la files contain all dependencies of a library, but
only a GNU build system using libtool makes use of these files, other
build systems like cmake don't.

However there are two cases, where it is 100% safe to delete the .la files:
1.) mpir comes with a pkg-config (.pc) file.
2.) mpir only installs a shared libs, which have an internal
dependencies memory.

But i guess the use of the autotool-utils eclass together with
static-libs useflag is the best solution.

Cheers,

Christoph

>
> Thanks for any hints,
> Thomas
>
> --
> Thomas Kahle
> http://dev.gentoo.org/~tomka/
>


References:
la files for sci-libs/mpir
-- Thomas Kahle
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