Allow using a system-installed giflib

Andrew Hughes gnu.andrew at
Fri Mar 15 03:00:55 UTC 2013

----- Original Message -----
> Hi Andrew,
> On 03/13/2013 05:08 AM, Andrew Hughes wrote:
> > Given this is essentially a binary option (system giflib or bundled
> > giflib),
> > why is AC_ARG_ENABLE not being used instead of AC_ARG_WITH?  It
> > would simplify
> > the logic here and is what we use in the equivalent IcedTea check
> > which has
> > been in production use for almost two years.
> My goal was to minimize change. The larger the change, the harder it
> is
> for it to be accepted in OpenJDK :(

Right, but I think a stronger case can be made for a change if it's been
well-tested.  Also, I don't think there's really much difference in size
here.  It just uses a different form to the existing zlib one.  As I said
before, there's also an issue with it testing for the system library when the
bundled copy has been requested.

I can however propose a patch following this to fix the two options
(zlib & this).  Just don't go and submit any more in this form.

> >     AC_CHECK_HEADER([gif_lib.h],
> >         , [AC_MSG_ERROR([Could not find GIF header; install GIF or
> >         build with --disable-system-gif to use the in-tree
> >         copy.])])
> >     GIF_LIBS="-lgif"
> My patch does not make use of the system headers. I should fix that
> next.
> > Was there a reason to change main to DGifGetCode?
> No, it just seemed the right thing to do based on the autoconf
> docmentaton on AC_CHECK_LIB, which said that the /function/ should be
> part of the library we are testing for.
> > It seems a better choice, assuming that symbol
> > is available in all versions, but I'm just wondering if a problem
> > with using main was exposed.
> DGifGetCode is present in giflib 4.1.3 (May 2004). It's not mentioned
> in
> the NEWS file or the ONEWS file of that release, which makes me
> suspect
> that it has been part of the API for a long time.
> And no, there was no problem with using "main", it just seemed wrong.

I agree it's better.  I would why main was used to begin with.

> Thanks,
> Omair
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