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Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2003 14:24:08 -0600
From: Mark Hatle <>
Subject: Re: Berkeley DB versions

Andreas wrote:
> On Tue, Dec 16, 2003 at 12:08:18PM -0600, Mark Hatle wrote:
>>>- -ldb: many aplications rely on the concept of a "default db library". I
>>>asume this is for historic reasons. I would like to get rid of this if 
>>>possible. Same
>>>for /usr/include/db.h, which is usually a symlink to 
>>>Applications which use #include <db.h> will still build if one adjusts the 
>>>path, which is what I'm doing.
>>Again that is one of the things we do.  Luckily either the apps that 
> So, have you removed the concept of a default db library (-ldb) or does
> it just work for you because you only ship one version?

It just happens to work as an artifact of one version.  However, very 
few things in our stuff use -ldb.. and we have removed usages of it in 
the past stop an app from using db.

> I'm very tempted to remove /usr/lib/ and /usr/include/db.h and
> patch any app that breaks due to this and make it use an explicit db
> version.
>>I doubt any of the above helps for your situation.. but rest assured you 
>>arn't alone in your pain.. ;)
> It does help knowing that :)


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