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Subject: Re: [OMPI devel] [Pkg-openmpi-maintainers] Building with rpath disabled
From: Jeff Squyres (jsquyres_at_[hidden])
Date: 2009-01-12 18:04:58


I don't see much harm in including this as long as rpath builds are
still the default. If there's a non-default option to disable rpath
builds, that would be fine with me.

Does this patch disable rpath by default, or do you have to explicitly
use the --disable-rpath flag to configure?

On Jan 8, 2009, at 11:02 AM, Dirk Eddelbuettel wrote:

>
> On 8 January 2009 at 16:45, Manuel Prinz wrote:
> | Hi,
> |
> | attached you'll find a (trivial) patch against the latest svn trunk
> | (r20227) that adds a --disable-rpath to configure, so libraries
> can be
> | build with rpath disabled. The reason for adding this feature that
> was
> | that rpath is often problematic and it is removed in Debian
> anyway. (We
> | currently delete rpath entries after building which is a little
> ugly.)
>
> "In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practive, they are
> not." It
> is true that Debian 'at large' has a policy to not use rpath. This
> is due to
> the fact that as a distro, we can control ld.so.conf etc.
>
> That said, I as a developer often do not nuke rpath because certain
> systems
> are simply built to use it. With Open MPi, and particularly Rmpi, I
> have had
> nasty bugs given that symbols are split over several libraries. To
> be honest,
> that was worse with Ubuntu because they globally tell the linker to
> strip-unneeded (or something like that) as a default which killed
> till I
> enforced LD_FLAGS="" to override it for the package.
>
> Long story short, I'd suggest a short moratorium here til we at
> Debian have
> figured that all ducks are indeed in a row. Right now I fear they
> may not
> be. Testing standalone C programs against libmpi is not enough of a
> test.
>
> Manuel and I will toy with this off-line and report back.
>
> Dirk
>
> PS Apologies also for the 'ftbfs' lingo the other day which came
> from a
> Debian-internal list and a post that was not initially meant for wider
> distribution.
>
> | The patch simply adds a call to the macro AC_LIB_RPATH in
> configure.ac
> | and installs "config.rpath" from gettext which seems to be the
> preferred
> | way of distributing the m4 macros needed for that. The license
> should
> | not be an issue, as far as I can say.
> |
> | I tested it with the current trunk and it worked fine for me. It
> would
> | be great if you could consider including it since it makes Debian
> | maintainance of Open MPI a little easier and I think other
> distributions
> | (and some users) may benefit from stripping rpath as well.
> |
> | Thanks in advance!
> |
> | Best regards
> | Manuel
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Jeff Squyres
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