[lfs-dev] Dangling symlinks left after LFS build completion

DJ Lucas blfs-dev at lucasit.com
Sat Oct 28 19:10:55 PDT 2017

On 10/28/2017 08:43 PM, Wayne Blaszczyk wrote:
> On Sat, 2017-10-28 at 19:32 -0500, Bruce Dubbs wrote:
>> Wayne Blaszczyk wrote:
>>> On Sat, 2017-10-28 at 11:52 +0200, NicP wrote:
>>>> Hi,
>>>> Just finished LFS 8.1 systemd stable version. I noticed 4 dangling
>>>> symlinks pointing to the /tools directory :
>>>> /usr/lib/{libuuid.a,libmount.a,libblkid.a,liblzma.a} -> /tools/lib/
>>>> These links should also be removed in section 6.72 «Cleaning up» of the
>>>> book.
>>>> This may break some builds in BLFS. For instance Serf-1.3.9 does not
>>>> build if the broken link libblkid.a is present (there was a thread in
>>>> blfs-dev about that in september).
>>>> Best regards.
>>>> --
>>>> NicP
>>> I can confirm that serf did not build for me either without the static libraries.
>>> I have a comment in my build script (16th Sept) stating that serf will not
>>> build without static libs from util-linux. This was my Gnome 3.26.0 build.
>>> Prior to this point, serf didn't need those static libs.
>>> As to the thread in blfs-dev, Christoph mentioned that he rebuild util-linux
>>> with --disable-static, and then rebuilt serf-1.3.9 with no complaints.
>>> A rebuild of util-linux would not have removed the previously build static
>>> libs?
>>> On a similar note, I also build static libs for popt as efivar (not in BLFS book)
>>> requires these.
>>> So the question is, was the serf build issue due to the dangling symlinks bits
>>> or does it really require the static libs?
>> I built serf-1.3.9 a week ago without complaint.  I do not have the .a
>> files referenced above.
>> They should never have been installed in /usr/lib.   How did they get
>> there?  We pass --disable-static in the build instructions for util-linux,
>> e2fsprogs, and xz, which are th eonly places that referece those libraries.
>>    -- Bruce
> They come from the '6.6. Creating Essential Files and Symlinks' 8.1-systemd version.
> for lib in blkid lzma mount uuid
> do
>     ln -sv /tools/lib/lib$lib.{a,so*} /usr/lib
>     sed 's/tools/usr/' /tools/lib/lib${lib}.la > /usr/lib/lib${lib}.la
> done
> It's not present in the Sysvinit version.

Hmm, we should probably only be symlinking the so files then. That said, 
I've no issue building serf with the symlinks removed.


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