static libraries in 1.5.x?

Sam Hartman hartmans at MIT.EDU
Wed Dec 6 11:38:29 EST 2006

>>>>> "Tom" == Tom Yu <tlyu at MIT.EDU> writes:

>>>>> "Andreas" == Andreas Hasenack <ahasenack at> writes:
    Andreas> Anybody know if the next 1.5.x version (1.5.2?) will get
    Andreas> back static libraries? Or if there is a fix somewhere?

    Tom> There was an extensive discussion a few months ago about
    Tom> fundamental architectural problems with enabling static
    Tom> libraries in 1.5.x.  I don't recall the details, but I think
    Tom> they included concerns that plugins would not function.
    Tom> Because plugins are actually required for certain things, I
    Tom> doubt that we will re-enable static libraries until these
    Tom> architectural problems are resolved.

To echo what Tom said: MIT is happy with not supporting static
libraries.  We're also happy considering patches that others write to
enable static libraries provided that they meet the constraints of
that discussion and do not overly complicate the build process.


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