[mapserver-dev] libtool usage

Frank Warmerdam warmerdam at pobox.com
Mon Dec 19 16:44:21 EST 2011

Thomas / etc,

I dislike libtool for the reasons Daniel gave.  When it fails it
is a nightmare to try and work around the problems with the tool.
Not a big problem on linux as a rule, but on other systems where
it should in theory be helpful it can instead make it nearly impossible
to get the flags you know are needed through to the linker.

With regard to Thomas taking on responsibility for libtool related
issues, that would be helpful, but mostly the problems are of a
nature that can't be reproduced except on the problem machine so
there wouldn't be much Thomas can do to help.

In the past it wasn't particularly important to build a MapServer
shared library, so it was convenient to avoid libtool.  Moving
forward perhaps we should just bight the bullet if Thomas is
willing to do the footwork.

So, for my part, I won't stand in the way of this progress even
if I have mild misgivings and will miss the simplicity and
adjustability of current MapServer builds.

Best regards,
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