On Saturday 18 of April 2015 11:50:31 Pavel Raiskup wrote:
> On Friday 17 of April 2015 18:07:57 Peter Rosin wrote:
> > On 2015-04-17 17:54, Pavel Raiskup wrote:
> > > I tried to prepare the patch, but thats probably wrong.  It would be nice
> > > if somebody could comment,
> > 
> > Microsofts archiver (lib.exe) uses a syntax like:
> > 
> >   lib -extract:file.o archive.lib
> > 
> > where -extract: was thought to be the content of $AR_FLAGS.
> > 
> > But since then, I added the ar-lib helper to Automake, which hides
> > these brain-damaged flags that lib expects.
> Thanks for the info, Peter.

And the patch against Automake attached now, sorry for the delay.

>From e384778530df13e3dbd3cc92fd6bd5a53d75b64f Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
From: Pavel Raiskup <prais...@redhat.com>
Date: Tue, 2 Jun 2015 15:29:22 +0200
Subject: [PATCH] ARFLAGS: use 'cr' instead of 'cru' by default

In some GNU/Linux distributions people started to compile 'ar'
binary with --enable-deterministic-archives (binutils project).
That, however, in combination with our previous long time working
default AR_FLAGS=cru causes warnings on such installations:
ar: `u' modifier ignored since `D' is the default (see `U')

The 'u' option (at least with GNU binutils) did small optimization
during repeated builds because it instructed 'ar' to not
open/close unchanged *.o files and to rather read their contents
from old archive file.  However, its removal should not cause a
big performance hit for usual workflows.

Distributions started using --enable-deterministic-archives
knowing that it would disable the 'u', just to rather have a bit
more deterministic builds.

Also, to justify this change a bit more, keeping 'u' in ARFLAGS
could only result in many per-project changes to override
Automake's ARFLAGS default, just to silent such warnings.

Fixes bug#20082.  Reported by Eric Blake.

* bin/autoamke.in (handle_libraries): Use 'ARFLAGS=cr' by default.
* doc/automake.texi (Building a library): Mention the changed
ARFLAGS default.
(@c LocalWords): Replace 'cru' with 'cr'.
* m4/ar-lib.m4 (AM_PROG_AR): Cut out 'cru' string into separate
ARFLAGS variable with new default 'cr'.
* NEWS: Document.
 NEWS              | 4 ++++
 bin/automake.in   | 2 +-
 doc/automake.texi | 4 ++--
 m4/ar-lib.m4      | 3 ++-
 4 files changed, 9 insertions(+), 4 deletions(-)

diff --git a/NEWS b/NEWS
index 9f76c1f..b611868 100644
--- a/NEWS
+++ b/NEWS
@@ -103,6 +103,10 @@ New in 1.16:
     This was the second part of automake bug#13928.
+* Miscellaneous changes:
+  - Changed the default value of $ARFLAGS from 'cru' to 'cr'.
 New in 1.15:
diff --git a/bin/automake.in b/bin/automake.in
index 355d7ff..0c29184 100644
--- a/bin/automake.in
+++ b/bin/automake.in
@@ -2538,7 +2538,7 @@ sub handle_libraries ()
   define_variable ('AR', 'ar', INTERNAL);
-  define_variable ('ARFLAGS', 'cru', INTERNAL);
+  define_variable ('ARFLAGS', 'cr', INTERNAL);
   define_verbose_tagvar ('AR');
   foreach my $pair (@liblist)
diff --git a/doc/automake.texi b/doc/automake.texi
index e46212f..bc1f032 100644
--- a/doc/automake.texi
+++ b/doc/automake.texi
@@ -5061,7 +5061,7 @@ library and the list of objects, and finally by calling
 @code{RANLIB} (Automake will complain otherwise).  You should also
 call @code{AM_PROG_AR} to define @code{AR}, in order to support unusual
 archivers such as Microsoft lib.  @code{ARFLAGS} will default to
-@code{cru}; you can override this variable by setting it in your
+@code{cr}; you can override this variable by setting it in your
 @file{Makefile.am} or by @code{AC_SUBST}ing it from your
 @file{configure.ac}.  You can override the @code{AR} variable by
 defining a per-library @code{maude_AR} variable (@pxref{Program and
@@ -13162,7 +13162,7 @@ suite failures, please attach the @file{test-suite.log} file.
 @c  LocalWords:  Miller's installable includedir inc pkgdata EXEEXT libexec bsd
 @c  LocalWords:  pkglib libexecdir prog libcpio cpio's dlopen dlpreopen linux
 @c  LocalWords:  subsubsection OBJEXT esac lib LTLIBRARIES liblob LIBADD AR ar
-@c  LocalWords:  ARFLAGS cru ing maude libgettext lo LTLIBOBJS rpath SGI PRE yy
+@c  LocalWords:  ARFLAGS cr ing maude libgettext lo LTLIBOBJS rpath SGI PRE yy
 @c  LocalWords:  OBJCXXFLAGS
 @c  LocalWords:  SHORTNAME vtable srcdir nostdinc basename yxx cxx ll lxx gdb
diff --git a/m4/ar-lib.m4 b/m4/ar-lib.m4
index 914b21b..767a76c 100644
--- a/m4/ar-lib.m4
+++ b/m4/ar-lib.m4
@@ -17,12 +17,13 @@ AC_REQUIRE([AM_AUX_DIR_EXPAND])dnl
 AC_CHECK_TOOLS([AR], [ar lib "link -lib"], [false])
 : ${AR=ar}
+: ${ARFLAGS=cr}
 AC_CACHE_CHECK([the archiver ($AR) interface], [am_cv_ar_interface],
    AC_COMPILE_IFELSE([AC_LANG_SOURCE([[int some_variable = 0;]])],
-     [am_ar_try='$AR cru libconftest.a conftest.$ac_objext >&AS_MESSAGE_LOG_FD'
+     [am_ar_try='$AR $ARFLAGS libconftest.a conftest.$ac_objext >&AS_MESSAGE_LOG_FD'
       if test "$ac_status" -eq 0; then

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