Re: why is gtk install so difficult?

>I don't recall the specific error, but to test that libraries work,
>an autoconf macro can compile and run a small program using a specific
>library to see if it works. Autoconf macros can be specific to each
>platform and/or test for all known implementations of ld to get a
>version number.

that assumes that the problem shows itself in a simple test
case. there are linker/library incompatibilities that will not reveal
themselves unless a program does specific things to reveal them.

and besides, what would your proposal result in? configure would say:

    "installed linker ( vN.n) and the installed version of 
        libfoo (vM.m) are not compatible"

and a new message would sally forth to gtk-list with the subject "why
is gtk install so difficult?"


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