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

Bruce Dubbs bruce.dubbs at gmail.com
Sat Oct 28 20:08:43 PDT 2017

DJ Lucas wrote:
> 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.

>> 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.

Does systemd build properly if the command is:


Those links should be overwritten when xz and util-linux are installed.

   -- Bruce

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