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Bug 236497

Summary: Ocaml links libraries staticly
Product: [Fedora] Fedora Reporter: Nigel Jones <dev>
Component: ocamlAssignee: Gérard Milmeister <gemi>
Status: CLOSED NOTABUG QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance <extras-qa>
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Description Nigel Jones 2007-04-15 12:26:45 UTC

In the packaging of ocamlSDL, camlimages and freetennis (#235804, #235805 &
#235815), I discovered issues with how Ocaml links libraries, and Fedora policies. 

I've refered this to the fedora-packaging mailing list:

I just thought I'd place a bug here about it (if you agree, it might be an idea
to make my package reviews dependant on this bug).

Policy info regarding static libraries:

Comment 1 Gérard Milmeister 2007-04-17 21:16:58 UTC
What libraries are affected exactly? Unison, for example, is dynamically linked
against the gtk libraries.

Comment 2 Nigel Jones 2007-04-17 23:02:54 UTC
Even Unison doesn't link properly to lablgtk, same with freetennis (Bug
#235815), it depends on what labl depends on true, but a true dynamic linked
application SHOULD depend upon the libraries it was built with (seems to be
fairly typical of most ocaml based packages in Fedora that I can find.

For reference: 'ldd /usr/bin/unison | grep labl' returns nothing

Comment 3 Gérard Milmeister 2007-04-17 23:49:12 UTC
So you mean *ocaml* libraries. AFAIK, those can't be shared. It is the problem
of ocaml, no ours, I would say.

Comment 4 Richard W.M. Jones 2007-07-25 14:35:13 UTC
I think this bug should be closed, since the issue has had extensive
discussion and is covered in the packaging guidelines for OCaml:

Anyone therefore mind if I close it?