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From: David Abrahams (dave_at_[hidden])
Date: 2002-12-05 08:50:00

Vladimir Prus <ghost_at_[hidden]> writes:

> Rene Rivera wrote:
>> The biggest case for linking statically to *all* libraries, system and
>> internal, is when you are doing utilities that need to work at OS boot time.
>> Things like, cp, sh, etc. at least for *nix OSs.
> Ah.. completely forgot about this one.

And I never knew about it... though it's rather obvious once you think
about it. Thanks for the education!

>> Or more specifically have a single feature, perhaps "<link>", that
>> enumerates the above three options, instead of just false/true...
>> <link>shared -- The default (#1 above).
>> <link>static -- Internal libraries linked static (#2 above).
>> <link>maximum-static -- As many libraries as possible are linked static
>> (#3 above)... In some platform, like MacOSX, some libraries must be dynamic
>> linked.
>> Having it this way eliminates the need to worry about what the "runtime"
>> libraries are.
> That's an excellent idea! And even if somebody desires to find-tunue
> C runtime only, we've a way for extension: just add new values to the
> <link> feature. Maybe "maximum-static" can be "all-static"?
> I'm eager to implement it as soon as possible. Anybody has objections?

I think there was much confusion about the meaning of runtime-link in
v1; many people thought they should set it to dynamic in order to
build a shared library. I am concerned about the name "link" being
even more confusable in that same way.

Otherwise, sounds good to me!

David Abrahams
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