on a NetBSD system where I extra use clang instead of standard gcc, I have issues building back. In specific, I noticed when building the xlib backend, but the issue is generic, but I did not notice with cairo because it does not link directly to certain X libraries, so it went unnoticed.

To run sucessfully, I need this

so that e.g. Xcursor and other libraries gets found on runtime.

However our configure file generates in config.make this:

GRAPHIC_LIBS=-L/usr/pkg/lib -Wl,-R/usr/pkg/lib -lXft -lfontconfig -L/usr/X11R7/lib -lXcursor -lXfixes -lXmu -lXt -lXext -lX11 -lGL GRAPHIC_CFLAGS=-D_REENTRANT -I/usr/pkg/include -I/usr/X11R7/include/freetype2 -I/usr/X11R7/include -I/usr/pkg/include/freetype2 -I/usr/X11R7/include -I/usr/X11R7/include

everything compiles and links, but on run I get unresolved shared objects which are in /usr/X11R7/lib

This is all done in configure, but where?

One explanation I found is that it is done automatically and that the configure check is bad.
I found this in config.log:

configure:3659: checking for X
configure:3848: result: libraries /usr/X11R7/lib, headers /usr/X11R7/include
configure:3868: checking whether -R must be followed by a space
configure:3884: clang -o conftest -g -O2 -I/System/Library/Headers -I/usr/pkg/include -L/System/Library/Libraries/gnu-gnu-gn u -L/System/Library/Libraries -Wl,-R/usr/pkg/lib -L/usr/pkg/lib conftest.c -R/usr/X11R7/lib >&5
clang: warning: argument unused during compilation: '-R/usr/X11R7/lib'
configure:3884: $? = 0

then this is used:

configure:3901: clang -o conftest -g -O2 -I/System/Library/Headers -I/usr/pkg/include -L/System/Library/Libraries/gnu-gnu-gn u -L/System/Library/Libraries -Wl,-R/usr/pkg/lib -L/usr/pkg/lib conftest.c -R /usr/X11R7/lib >&5
clang: warning: argument unused during compilation: '-R'
/usr/X11R7/lib: file not recognized: File format not recognized
clang: error: linker command failed with exit code 1 (use -v to see invocation)

the warning is interpreted as failure, the error too and so neither option is added.

This is actually a linker directive passed to through the compiler, right?

The check itself is apparently useless for us, since only certain compilers require a space after -R (cited is Sun) and since we require Objective-C, to my knowledge we can use only clang or gcc as of now (and the past 15 years?)


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