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From Greg Stein <>
Subject Re: Allow modules to add libraries
Date Sun, 06 Jun 1999 09:15:04 GMT
Ralf S. Engelschall wrote:
> Hmmm... I've no great objection to Ben's patch and idea in general, except
> that it looks inconsistent. When we allow to adjust the libraries via "Libs:",
> we also should allow "CFlags:", "LdFlags:", etc. But this OTOH is not really
> necessary, because inside ConfigStart...ConfigEnd you're more flexible (you
> can expand variables, etc.). So I still don't see a great advantage from
> having "Libs:" in contrast to ``LIBS="$LIBS ..."''. Instead I've to conclude
> that just providing "Libs:" is only a half-way solution and will confuse
> people more than it provides advantages. Ben, where exactly is the benefit
> from using "Libs:" above a config section instead of changing LIBS in the
> config section itself? I guess I've overlooked an important intention here,
> right?

I believe that it is significantly better to use the Libs: type
approach, as opposed to the LIBS= programmatic approach.

In other words: declarative is much better than programmatic.

Corollary: the more that you can move from a programmatic approach to a
declarative approach, then the better off you are.

In this sense, I fully support Ben's patch over the more general
programmatic style offered by ConfigStart/ConfigEnd.


Greg Stein,

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