libX11 and Xau functions

Daniel Stone daniel at
Thu Apr 12 23:30:33 PDT 2007

On Fri, Apr 13, 2007 at 08:03:19AM +0200, Matthieu Herrb wrote:
> Matthieu Herrb wrote:
> > In the old monolithic days, libX11 used to include a subset of libXau
> > and libXdmcp, wich made it more or less self-contained.
> > In the modularization process these parts where dropped (without
> > changing the library's major revision). This is causing minor but
> > annoying troubles with some legacy applications that don't use
> > pkg-config to find out which libs to link to X applications.
> > 
> > Was this change  intentional, or is it just an oversight that should be
> > fixed?
> No answer on that. Let me assume it's a bug then. Is it ok to add those
> functions back to libX11 ?

Previously, these were linked statically (i.e. every copy of
had copies of libXau.a and libXdmcp.a embedded).  They're now linked
daniels at endtroducing:~/Desktop% ldd /usr/lib/ => /usr/lib/ (0xb7e36000) => /usr/lib/ (0xb7e31000)

Is there a problem?

I'd obviously prefer if you didn't re-add them as static linkage, given
that it would make security updates to libXau and libXdmcp very
difficult to make.

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