[fdo-internals] FDO Thirdparty Dependencies

Frank Warmerdam warmerdam at pobox.com
Fri Nov 12 12:40:36 EST 2010

Greg Boone wrote:
> Hi All,
> I am getting some feedback that the 3.6.0 versions of the third-party 
> libraries we build on Linux have certain dependencies that may be 
> unnecessary. These dependencies now require clients to install 
> additional components to allow the providers to successfully install and 
> run.
> CURL: Builds with LDAP support
> GDAL: Builds with ODBC support
> I wanted to poll the developers to determine if we needed to maintain 
> the dependencies, or alter the build settings to remove them.
> CURL is an easier question since it involves a static library rather 
> than a dynamic library.
> For GDAL we build the dynamic library and include it in the FDO 
> distribution.


I will note that IMHO ODBC support in GDAL/OGR is of relatively low
value on linux - partcularly because the linux odbc mdb driver is so
weak that use of it almost always fails to work properly.  I would
suggest dropping ODBC support from "standard" linux builds.

I'm not sure what else curl is used for, but it is useful for GDAL
and to the extent you can control how it is built I would suggest
removing complications like LDAP.

Best regards,
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