Bug#480229: libsdl1.2-dev: sdl-config --libs uses RPATH

Sylvain Beucler beuc at beuc.net
Thu May 8 21:21:13 UTC 2008

Package: libsdl1.2-dev
Version: 1.2.13-2
Severity: normal


I'm building a package (non-official) that relies on SDL. The build
system uses the standard SDL m4 macros, and in particular it uses the
output of:
$ sdl-config --libs
-L/usr/lib -Wl,-rpath,/usr/lib -lSDL -lpthread

As you can see this uses RPATH, which triggers the
"binary-or-shlib-defines-rpath" lintian error:
N:   The binary or shared library sets RPATH. This overrides the normal
N:   library search path, possibly interfering with local policy and
N:   causing problems for multilib, among other issues.
N:   The only time a binary or shared library in a Debian package should
N:   set RPATH is if it is linked to private shared libraries in the
N:   package. In that case, place those private shared libraries in
N:   /usr/lib/<package>. Libraries used by binaries in other packages
N:   should be placed in /lib or /usr/lib as appropriate, with a proper
N:   SONAME, in which case RPATH is unncessary.
N:   To fix this problem, look for link lines like:
N:       gcc test.o -o test -Wl,--rpath,/usr/local/lib
N:   or
N:       gcc test.o -o test -R/usr/local/lib
N:   and remove the -Wl,--rpath or -R argument. You can also use the
N:   chrpath utility to remove the RPATH.
N:   Refer to http://wiki.debian.org/RpathIssue for details.

Is there something we can do in libsdl1.2-dev, or should I just post-fix
it with chrpath?


-- System Information:
Debian Release: lenny/sid
  APT prefers testing
  APT policy: (500, 'testing'), (300, 'unstable')
Architecture: i386 (i686)

Kernel: Linux 2.6.24-1-686 (SMP w/1 CPU core)
Locale: LANG=fr_FR.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=fr_FR.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash

Versions of packages libsdl1.2-dev depends on:
ii  libglu1-mesa-dev [libglu-dev] 7.0.3-1    The OpenGL utility library -- deve
ii  libglu1-xorg-dev              1:7.3+10   transitional package for Debian et
ii  libsdl1.2debian               1.2.13-2   Simple DirectMedia Layer
ii  libx11-dev                    2:1.0.3-7  X11 client-side library (developme

Versions of packages libsdl1.2-dev recommends:
ii  libaa1-dev                1.4p5-36       ascii art library, development kit
ii  libartsc0-dev             1.5.9-2        development files for the aRts sou
pn  libasound2-dev            <none>         (no description available)
ii  libaudio-dev              1.9.1-2        Network Audio System - development
ii  libcaca-dev               0.99.beta13b-4 development files for libcaca
ii  libcucul-dev              0.99.beta13b-4 development files for libcucul
pn  libdirectfb-dev           <none>         (no description available)
ii  libesd0-dev               0.2.36-3       Enlightened Sound Daemon - Develop
ii  libsvga1-dev              1:1.4.3-25     console SVGA display development l
ii  libxext-dev               2:1.0.4-1      X11 miscellaneous extensions libra
ii  libxt-dev                 1:1.0.5-3      X11 toolkit intrinsics library (de

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