Idea: static builds

Garrett Cooper youshi10 at
Sat Oct 6 15:06:08 PDT 2007

Jeremy Messenger wrote:
> On Thu, 04 Oct 2007 14:03:04 -0500, Dmitry Marakasov 
> <amdmi3 at> wrote:
>> Hi!
>> I just have an idea that may be useful: static port builds. This can
>> help produce packages without any depends, which may be useful
>> sometimes.
>> Implementation seem pretty straightfoward to me:
>> - Introduce STATIC_BUILD variable that changes usual build behavior
>> - Process LIB_DEPENDS in a different way: check .a instead of .so.*, and
>> fail if .a is missing, and .so is present (i.e. needed static lib is not
>> available at all), don't add library ports to package depends
>> - Add -static to CFLAGS/CXXFLAGS
>> Any comments? I will try to experiment with this for now.
> How do you deal with the security? It will be required for all ports 
> that depend on a port to be rebuild, so bump the PORTREVISION will be 
> need. But what about for non-static that don't need to be bump? A 
> solution for that might be need too.
> I have no object with static build as long as it is flexible and 
> optional (disable/enable).
> Cheers,
> Mezz
    Static, built upon static, built upon static would be a bad thing to 
watch out for too I'd think...
    Am I wrong?

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