static libraries

Richard W.M. Jones rjones at
Fri Feb 20 16:24:07 UTC 2009

On Fri, Feb 20, 2009 at 07:04:23PM +0300, Alexey Pushkin wrote:
> Richard W.M. Jones wrote:
> > The general Fedora policy is to package up dynamic libraries in
> > preference to static libraries, and this is the policy we have
> > pursued.  You'll have to take up any issues with Fedora (good luck!)
> Windows is different from Linux and IMHO the reasoning
> behind this policy is not applicable to Mingw stuff.

Perhaps it is different, but this is something that has to be
discussed with Fedora, FPC and FESCO.  Remember to take along your
flameproof suit.

I'm not convinced anyway: First of all I think there _is_ a security
issue, for example with the few executables that we do distribute.
Secondly the virt people need DLLs and aren't really interested in
doing the work for static linking, since we would never use it.

Anyway, if you have patches to make -static subpackages, post them for
review on this list.


Richard Jones, Emerging Technologies, Red Hat
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