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Re: ping #3: [RFA] Add --with-libz-prefix option in config/zlib.m4

On Wed, Feb 18, 2015 at 4:08 AM, Joel Brobecker <> wrote:
> Yay? Nay?
> Thank you.
> On Wed, Jan 07, 2015 at 06:45:48PM +0400, Joel Brobecker wrote:
>> Hello,
>> This patch enhances config/zlib.m4 to introduce an extra option
>> --with-libz-prefix which allows us to provide the location of
>> the zlib library we want to use during the build.
>> config/ChangeLog:
>>         * zlib.m4 (AM_ZLIB): Add --with-libz-prefix option support.
>> I didn't see any file in the GCC project that uses this macro,
>> so for the GCC repository, the change to zlib.m4 is it. But
>> I am also attaching to this email a copy of the patch that
>> will be applied to the binutils-gdb.git repository, with all
>> configury using this macro being re-generated - mostly for info,
>> also as a heads-up to both binutils and GDB.
>> This was tested by regenerating all autoconf/automake files in
>> the binutils-gdb project, and rebuilding GDB, using the following
>> combinations:
>>   --with-zlib (system zlib used)
>>   --with-libz-prefix=/zlib/prefix (specific zlib linked in)
>>   --with-zlib --with-libz-prefix=/zlib/prefix (specific zlib linked in)
>>   --without-zlib (zlib support turned off)
>>   --without-zlib --with-zlib-prefix (zlib support turned off)
>>   --with-zlib (no system zlib available, configure fails with expected error)
>>   --with-zlib --with-libz-prefix=/invalid/zlib/prefix
>>               (no system zlib, configure fails with same error)
>> OK to commit?

Why do you want to turn off zlib? On Linux/x86,  zlib is required
for assembler.  At least, you should issue an error when --without-libz
is used in binutils for Linux/x86 target.

I guess someone has asked it before.  Why can't zlib be made the
same as

  --with-mpc=PATH         specify prefix directory for installed MPC package.
                          Equivalent to --with-mpc-include=PATH/include plus
  --with-mpc-include=PATH specify directory for installed MPC include files
  --with-mpc-lib=PATH     specify directory for the installed MPC library

It is more flexible than your patch.  If you have some existing packages
which use your scheme, you can translate the configure command line
options to this one.


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