different lib directories for gnutls and nettle

Niels Möller nisse at lysator.liu.se
Tue Apr 12 11:27:42 CEST 2011

Nikos Mavrogiannopoulos <nmav at gnutls.org> writes:

> Indeed it seems nettle for some reason uses the /usr/lib64. Niels,
> is there really a reason for that? As I understand from the FHS[0]
> /usr/lib is the system library directory. /usr/lib64 and /usr/lib32
> might not even be there.

Sorry for the late reply. A bit down in the same document,
http://www.pathname.com/fhs/pub/fhs-2.3.html, it says

  /lib64 and /lib32 : 64/32-bit libraries (architecture dependent)
  The 64-bit architectures PPC64, s390x, sparc64 and AMD64 must place
  64-bit libraries in /lib64, and 32-bit (or 31-bit on s390) libraries in

If you believe this, then it's wrong to install 64-bit libraries in lib.
And I believed so when I wrote this part of the nettle configure.ac...

But then it turned out that at least debian on x86_64 ignores this part
of the FHS, and puts the 64-bit libraries in lib, and 32-bit libraries
in lib32. Which seems to also be the freebsd way of doing it.

In the debian case, lib64 is a symlink to lib, so it doesn't matter for
a 64-bit builds (they will be installed in lib64, which is a symlink to
lib, which is tye right place), while a build with ./configure CC="gcc
-m32" && make && make install will install the 32-bit library files in
the wrong place.

I'm not sure what the right thing is. Is there any distribution which
actuallly does what the FHS says? If so, I guess configure needs to
check what directories exists, and install in lib$ABI whenever that
directory exists, otherwise in lib. I haven't got around to fixing that.


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