At 02:11 PM 1/6/2006 +0800, Jeff Pitman wrote:
Unless you do something really magical, you're going to find a lot of resistance to this in most Linux distro camps. Gentoo will want to recompile via emerge. Fedora/CentOS will want to grab from yum. Debian will want to grab libs via apt.
The issue for the PyICU/PyLucene etc. use cases is that there are a whole bunch of SWIG wrappers for different extensions, but with a large common library for type mapping etc. The authors want a shared library for *their own code* that is used by multiple extensions. This is not separately distributed code.
This is not the same thing as the Windows use case for building a shared library, although the ability to do it on Windows satisfies this use case too.