[Oneiric, Natty, Maverick, Lucid SRU] Link libbfd statically

Stefan Bader stefan.bader at canonical.com
Tue Aug 16 14:49:35 UTC 2011

On 14.08.2011 18:16, Ben Hutchings wrote:
> On Tue, 2011-08-02 at 11:38 +0200, Stefan Bader wrote:
>> SRU Justification:
>> Impact: By dynamically linking libbfd, it is not possible to have
>> older versions of the perf tool installed (as there can only be one
>> version of this lib). Also, Debian policy actually forbids depending
>> on a certain version of the library).
>> Fix: Change the makefile to statically link libbfd. This is a Ubuntu
>> specific change, though. Which unlikely will make it upstream.
>> Testcase: Check the perf version provided though the builders (it
>> seems that building in chroots can cause builds not linking against
>> libbfd at all as HAVE_CPLUS_DEMANGLE gets set). The ouput of ldd
>> should not show libbfd.
>> Actually, having said this, maybe the better solution is to modify
>> the build dependencies to cause the compile to have
>> HAVE_CPLUS_DEMANGLE set. That way we do not need to carry a
>> modification to the makefile which likely breaks...
> You *must* set HAVE_CPLUS_DEMANGLE; see Debian bug #606050.
> Ben.
Ah ok. Well I saw that setting that option preventing any linkage against
libbfd. Which was what the proposed patch caused by accidentally breaking all
the compile time tests.
What I was not sure of was whether using libiberty only instead of libbfd has
any functional drawback. But if there are actually license problems involved[1],
then there does not seem to be a way around only using libiberty.

So the change would be like attached for Oneiric. The milage for other releases
will vary. The only thing that makes me wonder whether this correct is that ldd
on the resulting binary shows no reference to libiberty.


[1] http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=606050

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