FS#36849 - [freetype2] version 2.5 has eliminated static lib libfreetype.a -- can it be reinstated?

Attached to Project: Arch Linux
Opened by Clemmitt Sigler (cmsigler) - Tuesday, 10 September 2013, 14:44 GMT
Last edited by Jan de Groot (JGC) - Wednesday, 23 October 2013, 07:28 GMT
Task Type Feature Request
Category Packages: Extra
Status Closed
Assigned To Jan de Groot (JGC)
Jan Alexander Steffens (heftig)
Architecture All
Severity Low
Priority Normal
Reported Version
Due in Version Undecided
Due Date Undecided
Percent Complete 100%
Votes 0
Private No



Since the upgrade to freetype2 ver. 2.5 -- my installed version is freetype2 -- the static library libfreetype.a is no longer provided. The package fbsplash from AUR (as an example) needs to link against this static library and will fail to build when libfreetype.a is missing.

Would it be possible to revise the PKGBUILD for this package, eliminating the --disable-static configure option, so this static library is restored? Or is there an Arch policy against including .a libraries because of increased package size, etc.?

Thanks for your time and consideration.

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Closed by  Jan de Groot (JGC)
Wednesday, 23 October 2013, 07:28 GMT
Reason for closing:  Won't fix
Comment by Clemmitt Sigler (cmsigler) - Saturday, 28 September 2013, 00:32 GMT
Good evening,

I'd like to ask that this feature request be closed.

For my problem, I was able to (finally) come up with a suitable work-around. (See my comments at https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/fbsplash/ ). Thanks for your help.