contrib/postgresql port triggers revdep

Steffen Nurpmeso steffen at
Mon Aug 16 13:47:35 UTC 2021


Markus Heinz wrote in
 <20210814234904.0210ffda at computer5>:
 |On Sat, 14 Aug 2021 22:57:33 +0200
 |Steffen Nurpmeso <steffen at> wrote:
 |> But normal that is not, ne?  Placing such libraries in a generic
 |> public library search path, that is.  Where would that end?
 |> Normally one uses a script like krb5-config, pkgconfig or how
 |> those are called, or whatever, when you have such.  No?
 |> I just wonder why postgres does not do that automatically, when it
 |> links against perl.
 |I think there is a difference between compile time linking and run time
 |During compile time of the postgresql build the "" file had
 |been found, otherwise the build would have failed as it is built with
 |perl support explicitly enabled in the Pkgfile. 

Yes, of course.  Yes.  For the runtime linker you normally add
-Wl,-rpath=PATH (on Linux ..etc..) when you link against libraries
in non-common locations, and in output of "readelf -d" you then
see this like

 0x000000000000001d (RUNPATH) Library runpath: [/usr/local/lib]

The manual of ld(1) states

     If -rpath is not used when linking an ELF executable, the contents
     of the environment variable "LD_RUN_PATH" will be used if it is

 |But during run time of the "revdep" utility the "" file cannot
 |be found as it is located in a non standard location which is not
 |configured to be searched for shared libraries by default.

So for this to work -Wl,-rpath=PATH has to be passed.
I only wondered why the build system of postgresql does not do
that, likely a bug.

 |Actually I do not know if the perl related functionality in postgresql
 |is affected by this or not as I do not use the perl related
 |functionality. I assume it is a kind of plugin language for writing
 |stored procedures or something similar.

Surely.  (Have luckily not looked into such for a very very long

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