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Re: RFC: Makefile refactoring

From: Arthur Smith <apsmith@aps.org>
Date: Mon, 12 Dec 2005 14:39:30 -0500
Message-ID: <439DD1F2.4050005@aps.org>
To: Sam Varshavchik <mrsam@courier-mta.com>
CC: www-lib@w3.org

Fewer library files (or just one) would be a little nicer - I've 
certainly had occasions where I accidentally left off one of the 
libraries and then was wondering what went wrong. No strong feelings on 
this though.

          Arthur

Sam Varshavchik wrote:

> Right now, apps that build against libwww link against about a whole 
> bunch of libs that are listed by "libwww-config --libs".  It's quite a 
> mouthfull.
>
> That's how most apps are built.  Perhaps it's just my personal taste, 
> but I always thought that it's much cleaner and simpler just to link a 
> single library.
>
> I've modified the Makefile to combine all component libraries into a 
> single libtool target, libwww.la.  As far as I can tell, the Makefile 
> correctly handles all optionally-built submodules.  That is, if 
> --open-ssl is specified, libwww.la will include the SSL-related 
> module, etc.
>
> I'd like to get a feel for what others think about this idea.  If 
> there's interest then I can submit the patch -- probably after the 
> currently-pending code is released, so that I can resync against the 
> released version.
>
> I should also clarify that my changes aren't really that drastic.  All 
> the existing components (libwwwhttp.la, libwwwmime.la, and the rest) 
> get still built, they're just noinst_LTLIBRARIES, and don't get 
> installed.  Instead, lib_LTLIBRARIES consists of a single libwww.la, 
> which is built by merging all the individual component libraries.  So, 
> if someone's working on some code outside of the tree that manually 
> links to a subset of all those component libraries, that'll continue 
> to work.
>
> The Makefile also builds another consolidated target 
> libwwwconvenience.la, which is a libtool convenience library.  
> libwwwconvenience.la will be very useful to apps that include the 
> entire libwww tree into the apps' source tarball bundle, instead of 
> requiring an existing libwww install to be made prior to building the 
> source (like Amaya).
>
>
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