A couple of platform compatibility issues...

Greg Schafer gschafer at zip.com.au
Sun Jan 5 03:44:21 PST 2003

On Sun, Jan 05, 2003 at 02:02:55AM -0600, Kelledin wrote:
> 1) See here:
> http://archive.linuxfromscratch.org/mail-archives/blfs-dev/2002/07/0174.html
> We figured out why zlib does things the way it does, but we never 
> really committed a proper build method to the book.  The proper 
> method would be to build zlib with the following commands:
> ./configure --prefix=/usr --shared &&
> make LIBS="libz.so.1.1.4 libz.a" &&
> make LIBS="libz.so.1.1.4 libz.a" install &&
> mv /usr/lib/libz.so.* /lib &&
> ln -sf ../../lib/libz.so.1 /usr/lib/libz.so &&
> cp zlib.3 /usr/share/man/man3

I agree that the shared lib needs to be compiled with -fPIC and thus don't
object to your proposal.

But I will say that the current build instructions are not quite kosher.
Look at any libtool using package. Libtool might be a "piece of crap" but at
least it does the right thing:-

  code for shared *.so libs gets compiled with -fPIC
  code for static *.a archives gets compiled normally (ie: without -fPIC)
  in other words, the same object file gets compiled twice

Keeping that in mind, I'm sure the zlib instructions could be made a bit
more "correct".

On a side note, I note that some people (Debian for instance) go out of
their way to compile all their shared libs with -D_REENTRANT. I always
thought -D_REENTRANT was related to threading. What are your thoughts on

On another side note, the zlib package defaults its optimization to -O3
which is probably not good with latest gcc's (at least according to my very
unscientific decompression tests :-)

> 2) See here:
> http://archive.linuxfromscratch.org/mail-archives/lfs-dev/2002/11/0048.html
> Essentially findutils should always be compiled with 
> -D_GNU_SOURCE stuck in the CPPFLAGS.  This applies to both Ch. 5 
> and Ch. 6.
> These fixes don't do much (anything?) for or against x86.  They 
> _do_ fix issues with other architectures, though, and adding 
> them to LFS-CVS is pretty trivial.  AFAIK the only reason they 
> haven't been added is just pure inertia; I decided to give the 
> issue a little push. ;)

I'm sure I read somewhere that pretty much all GNU software should be
compiled with -D_GNU_SOURCE. I think I even did some investigations and
noted that only a few of the source files in findutils define _GNU_SOURCE.
So again, no objections from me.

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