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Bug 18711 - dynamic python library missing
Summary: dynamic python library missing
Alias: None
Product: Gentoo Linux
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Current packages (show other bugs)
Hardware: All Linux
: High normal (vote)
Assignee: Alastair Tse (RETIRED)
Depends on:
Reported: 2003-04-03 16:58 UTC by Thomas Weidner
Modified: 2003-04-06 08:26 UTC (History)
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Description Thomas Weidner 2003-04-03 16:58:31 UTC

i have python-2.2.2 installed,but i am missing and . My debian installation has those shared libraries so i
assume it's a bug in gentoo that they are missing. pls correct
Comment 1 Alastair Tse (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2003-04-06 08:26:49 UTC
is there something that specifically needs libpython to by dynamic?

shared library for libpython is not supported by python-2.2 and the debian version is a hack, horrible at best. i don't want to create more QA issues for this because python is one of our core packages.

for reference, this is the comment in debian's package:

++# WARNING: The following is only tested for Debian GNU/Linux.
++# This rule is silly and needs to be cleaned up ASAP!
++#      Gregor Hoffleit <>
++# This rule is here for Linux shared libs
++# The PIC code will be built additionally to the static lib!

and also various other attempts to get shared lib support into python-2.2 have been met with resistance:

and is also covered in the Python FAQ. 

So, I'm going to respectfully close this as WONTFIX. I've heard rumours that 2.3 might have shared lib support, if it does then we'll support it then.