debian libtool packages take care of this with this patch:

On Mon, Nov 19, 2018 at 12:01 AM Christopher Samuel <> wrote:
> Hi Brian,
> On 17/11/18 5:13 am, Barrett, Brian via devel wrote:
> > Unfortunately, I don’t have a good idea of what to do now. We already
> > did the damage on the 3.x series. Our backwards compatibility testing
> > (as lame as it is) just links libmpi, so it’s all good. But if anyone
> > uses libtool, we’ll have a problem, because we install the .la files
> > that allow libtool to see the dependency of libmpi on libopen-pal, and
> > it gets too excited.
> >
> > We’ll need to talk about how we think about this change in the future.
> Thanks for that - personally I think it's a misfeature in libtool to add
> these extra dependencies, it would be handy if there was a way to turn
> it off - but that's not your problem.
> For us it just means that when we bring in a new Open-MPI we just need
> to build new versions of our installed libraries and codes against it,
> fortunately that's something that Easybuild makes (relatively) easy.
> Thanks for your time everyone - this is my last week at Swinburne before
> I leave Australia to start at NERSC in December!
> All the best,
> Chris
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>   Christopher Samuel     OzGrav Senior Data Science Support
>   ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery
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