-static packages

Bryn M. Reeves bmr at redhat.com
Wed Sep 15 16:21:57 UTC 2010

On 09/15/2010 05:06 PM, Robert Spanton wrote:
> Hi,
> I've recently had to link a fair amount of my work statically so that
> it'll run on a cluster of RHEL machines.  Unfortunately, I am just a
> user of these machines, and so I don't have the power to get them to run
> Fedora or even to get the admins to install RHEL packages in a timely
> manner.  Building statically also helps me to eliminate as many of the
> inevitable fractional differences between cluster nodes as possible, to
> achieve reproducible results from simulation runs.
> However, only a few packages in Fedora provide -static variants.  This
> has meant that I've had to locally build these, which is obviously not
> desirable from a maintenance perspective.
> So, would be acceptable to register requests for -static package
> variants as tickets on bugzilla?  Or is there a better way to try to
> encourage people to generate these packages?

You might find the Fedora packaging guidelines for packaging static
libraries helps explain the rationale a bit more:

http://tinyurl.com/kz4rp [fedoraproject.org]

There have also been several discussions of this on the fedora lists
over the years, e.g.:



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