A little review of kdecore & kdeui

Simon Hausmann hausmann at kde.org
Sat Apr 8 09:27:23 BST 2006

On Saturday 08 April 2006 10:04, Thiago Macieira wrote:
> Alexander Neundorf wrote:
> >On Saturday 08 April 2006 09:36, Simon Hausmann wrote:
> >> On Thursday 06 April 2006 01:21, Thiago Macieira wrote:
> >> > >But I thought it wasn't possible to link a static lib into a shared
> >> > > lib?
> >> >
> >> > It isn't.
> >>
> >> What is the problem with that? Why can't we support that if we always
> >> compile static libraries PIC? (just as we did in KDE3 with libtool)
> >>
> >> Or is it the problem of --whole-archive?
> >
> >It is unportable and not longer required with cmake.
> To make it worse, static libraries don't carry dependency information.
> Libtool stored that in the .la file.

IMHO that's not a showstopper. Libtool uses the .la files as you said, qmake 
uses .prl files. It's not an unsolvable problem :)

It may just require a bit of grouping to avoid dragging in for example QtSql 
when linking against a static library just to pull in a little helper class 
that only requires QtCore. So classes would have to be grouped a little bit 
by their underlying dependencies. But I'm not sure if we would run into this 
problem a lot anyway.


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