A weekend of Libtool madness

Was just fixing up a couple of Groupwise issues when randomly Libtool borked. It started looking for some library in an old path. Argh *Wrote a mail to the libtool list only to get a “Oh its supposed to work that way, we understand its disadvantages and its been discussed here”, Blah.. Had to make distclean and rebuild all the dependent libraries.

And after my laptop went around for 4 hours re-compiling half of gnome, I finally got something working. Although probably its just me pissed off right now but my emotions for libtool range from “I hate it” to “Piece of crap”.

So if you ever get erros like

grep: /opt/gnome/lib/libsoup-2.2.la: No such file or directory
sed: /opt/gnome/lib/libsoup-2.2.la: No such file or directory
libtool: link: `/opt/gnome/lib/libsoup-2.2.la’ is not a valid libtool archive

Ofcourse if its just libsoup borking then just rebuilding a few libraries would do but if u just rebuilt gcc and installed in a new path and libtool still has the old path. Then get ready for some serious re-compliation.

Constantly reminded of voltaire’s qoute “If you dont find something pleasent, you will atleast find something new” while fixing these libtool issues. Dear libtool, do you see what you did to me !