On Wed, Jul 12, 2017 at 5:11 PM, Tom Lane <t...@sss.pgh.pa.us> wrote:
> Jeroen Ooms <jer...@berkeley.edu> writes:
>> I maintain static libraries for libpq for the R programming language
>> (we need static linking to ship with the binary packages).
> How do you get that past vendor packaging policies?  When I worked at
> Red Hat, there was a very strong policy against allowing any package
> to statically embed parts of another one, because it creates serious
> management problems if e.g. the other one needs a security update.
> I'm sure Red Hat isn't the only distro that feels that way.

We only use this on Windows. On platforms with a decent package
manager we indeed link to a shared library.

> FWIW, we used to have support for building static libpq, but
> we got rid of it a long time ago.

OK that's too bad. I agree that shared libs are often preferable but
in some environments dynamic linking is simply not possible and you
need to static link the library into the application. Most C/C++
libraries do support --enable-static and even for most linux distros
the static libs are included with the lib-dev / lib-devel package.

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