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Re: The dbase conrtib doesn't compile

From: Bruce Momjian <pgman(at)candle(dot)pha(dot)pa(dot)us>
To: Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>
Cc: Christopher Kings-Lynne <chriskl(at)familyhealth(dot)com(dot)au>, Hackers <pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: The dbase conrtib doesn't compile
Date: 2001-12-21 05:07:20
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> Bruce Momjian <pgman(at)candle(dot)pha(dot)pa(dot)us> writes:
> > The -liconv used to be there before in 7.1 and earlier.  It was only
> > removed in September.  Are you saying those system calls work for you,
> > but you don't have a libiconv?
> The <iconv.h> routines live in libc on HPUX.  And on Red Hat Linux
> (I suppose also on other Linux flavors, but RHL 7.2 is the only one
> I have handy to check).  And presumably on whatever platform Peter uses,
> else he'd not have removed the -liconv.
> Christopher has not yet opined on where they are on his platform...
> though since it's a BSD variant, it might be the same as yours.
> To fix this correctly we'd need to add configure tests for <iconv.h>
> and libiconv.  I'm disinclined to do that, partly because it'd slow
> down configure for everyone whether they intended to build contrib/dbase
> or not, but mainly because in the present state of the build process
> it'd cause libiconv (if present) to be linked to *every* executable
> we build.
> I wonder if it's practical for contrib modules to have their own
> mini-configure checks above and beyond what the main configure script
> does?
> In the meantime, I don't really care that much whether dbase/Makefile
> contains -liconv or not; clearly, that will help some platforms and
> hurt others no matter which way we jump.  I was just pointing out 
> that your makefile change is not a clear win.

Yes, glad you pointed it out.  I think the best solution is to remove
#define HAVE_ICONV_H and -liconv so it will work fine on all platforms. 
If someone wants the iconv conversions, they can add the needed #define
and link library, OK?

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