[vbox-dev] Svn Commit 48852 breaks build an Fedora17.x64 and Fedora18.x64

Frank Mehnert frank.mehnert at oracle.com
Thu Oct 10 12:22:45 UTC 2013

On Thursday 10 October 2013 13:46:25 Peter Gsellmann wrote:
> [...]
> What i see is the fedora people fight a cruisade against static
> libraries (for whatever good reason) and at the same time VirtualBox
> tries to use even more libraries in static format (for whatever good
> reason).

The part about VirtualBox is wrong. vbox-img is the only tool which
uses a couple of static libraries for a good reason: This is a
stand-alone tool which can be used even without a VirtualBox installation
and sometimes not all required libraries are present. Therefore we
do static linking here.

As this small application is only a testcase it can be disabled by
setting VBOX_WITH_TESTCASES= in your LocalConfig.kmk.

> Is this a conflict the VB-developers/maintainers should be aware of?

Sorry, but this is nonsense.

> >From what i read in the linked document, fedoras remaining *-static
> packages are 'threatened species'
> Is VirtualBox supposed do be compilable on a Redhat/Fedora/CentOS machine?

Of course. So far it did without any problems. Current trunk and 4.3_RC1
release will not be able to build the vbox-img tool. For a quick fix, see
above. We will fix this for the final release.

Kind regards,

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