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From Rasmus Lerdorf <>
Subject Re: Configuration...
Date Thu, 09 Nov 2000 15:26:58 GMT
> Off the top of my head, these were some issues discussed:
>   1. Bug reports and patches sent to libtool get forwarded into
>      a black hole.

This is a subjective thing.  We have gotten things fixed in libtool.

>   2. The focus of libtool (creating and managing shared libraries)
>      if different from what we need it for.

But it also does what we need.

>   3. It's horribly broken with traditional SysV ar


>   4. There is no way to force it to use a specific library.

Also fixable.  I think Sascha already fixed this actually.

>   5. When it doesn't work (meaning, that it breaks or prevents
>      the build from completing) trying to backtrace where the
>      error is and determining how to work around it is very
>      tough due to #2 and the fact that the libtool code itself
>      is incredibly nasty.

Also subjective.

>   6. Unless you're running Linux and maybe *BSD, libtool
>      "gets in your way" thus reducing the available platforms
>      that Apache 2.0 will "seamlessly" build on as compared
>      to 1.3.

Also subjective.  PHP 4 is building on a slew of weird platforms these


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