Applications and bundled libraries
Posted Mar 25, 2010 21:38 UTC (Thu) by rqosa (subscriber, #24136)
> The LSB is not adequate to solve
the problems to which bundling is perceived as a solution.
Why not? The whole point of the LSB is to have "libraries by default in the OS", and to have an
unchanging ABI for those included libraries, just like they are with
or Mac OS X. (That is, for a single version of Windows or Mac OS
X, at least, since the API/ABI has changed between releases.)
An application compiled for the LSB can depend on those
libraries without bundling them with the application, and any other
libraries must be bundled with the application (which can be done by
it statically, or can be done by putting the library in a directory under
/opt and then setting RUNPATH or RPATH to that directory). This is
essentially what developers of apps for Windows and Mac OS X
must do already.
In short, your proposed solution for Linux to include "libraries
by default in the OS" exists, and it's called the LSB.
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