On Fri, 08 Mar 2013 08:43:45 +0900
"Stephen J. Turnbull" <stephen(a)xemacs.org> wrote:
Space and security. They're trying to bring Linux-based systems
the mass market, in general. (Why *Debian* does this, I don't know.)
I guess no one asks for ability to static link so distros don't do it .
On the security side, static linking links in the security holes
permanently. XEmacs (any program with a shell escape ;-) is one big
Permanently, as-in, until recompile with new libs.
security hole so I don't really care, but a lot of people seem
think we should ignore the elephant in the room and concentrate on
those buffer-overflow cockroaches. :-) When they happen in libraries,
dynamic linking means all apps get fixed on the next invocation, not
on the next build. (Often enough my XEmacs invocations live as long
as the build does, though. :-)
FWIW I just wanted to be able to copy xemacs once it's built.
If you find some spare cycles and want to do it, maybe we can help.
I may try at some point and will post issues if so.
It used to be a cool feature: Steve Baur would statically link his
XEmacs and use it as /bin/sh on his rescue disk! (Past tense because
I suspect with modern large media and initrd technology it's no longer
It might make sense still for a rescue usb stick.
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