Problem with libtool

Gerard Beekmans gerard at
Fri Nov 24 12:42:12 PST 2000

On November 24, 2000 11:16 am, you wrote:
> Hello,
> when i start configure on some programms i get following message:
> checking if libtool supports shared libraries... yes
> *** Warning: the command libtool uses to detect shared libraries,
> *** /usr/bin/file, produces output that libtool cannot recognize.
> *** The result is that libtool may fail to recognize shared libraries
> *** as such.  This will affect the creation of libtool libraries that
> *** depend on shared libraries, but programs linked with such libtool
> *** libraries will work regardless of this problem.  Nevertheless, you
> *** may want to report the problem to your system manager and/or to
> *** bug-libtool at
> Maybe its because all libaries are linked into /usr/lib , ...
> Is this a problem ?

No, it's a problem with the 'file' program. Often this error also indicates 
that the program is missing. Did you install it? Try something like this: 
/usr/bin/file /bin/ls

the output should look like:
gerard:~$ /usr/bin/file /bin/ls
/bin/ls: ELF 32-bit LSB executable, Intel 80386, version 1, dynamically 
linked (uses shared libs), not stripped

Gerard Beekmans

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