Bug ID: 22843
Summary: Provide dependency information from the linker similar
to the compiler
Assignee: unassigned at sourceware dot org
Reporter: jpakkane at gmail dot com
Target Milestone: ---
The -M flag and its like is very useful for reliable dependencies when
compiling. It would be great if the same would work also when linking.
The use case is the following. Suppose you build a project with a dependency
that comes in via pkg-config. The eventual link line looks like this:
gcc -o final_exe source.o -L/path/to/my/place -L/path/to/somewhere/else -lmydep
It is very difficult to tell where the dependency library will be picked up
from. If the user updates any library by doing a "make/ninja install" from the
dependency file, then it is hard to know that the dependency libraries have
changed and thus require a rebuild. (usually doing an install updates headers,
which _do_ trigger a rebuild but some systems only overwrite installed files if
they have changed so looking only at header files is not reliable).
If ld supported generating dependency files like gcc with -M does for source
compilations, this problem would go away because running make/ninja would
automatically detect changes in system directories.
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