Packaging policy for libtool .la files

Jason L Tibbitts III tibbs at
Mon Feb 23 16:43:34 UTC 2009

>>>>> "MS" == Michael Schwendt <mschwendt at> writes:

MS> $ rpm -ql ImageMagick | grep '\.la$'|wc -l
MS> 102

MS> It's an indication that hardly any reviewers/packagers follow the
MS> guidelines.

Very far from fair to mention ImageMagick.  The issue was addressed in
the ImageMagic merge review, which points back to earlier problems
when the .la files were originally removed from the package.  The only
real sin here is the fact that it's not explicitly documented in the
spec file, only mentioned in the changelog entries.

"The package breaks without the .la files" is a reasonable exemption
to the guidelines.  It's pretty easy to see what's going on if you
actually look at the merge review instead of simply accusing accusing
people of blindly ignoring the guidelines.

 - J<

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