Allow using a system-installed giflib

Erik Joelsson erik.joelsson at
Wed Mar 20 07:49:04 UTC 2013

This looks good to me. Thanks!


On 2013-03-19 21:59, Omair Majid wrote:
> On 03/15/2013 05:42 AM, Erik Joelsson wrote:
>>> On 2013-03-15 04:10, Andrew Hughes wrote:
>>>> On 03/08/2013 12:26 PM, Phil Race wrote:
>>>>> If I understand correctly, this removes the directory containing
>>>>> the JDK's copy of giflib sources from the set of locations to be
>>>>> compiled etc, and replaces it with just a link line pointer to use
>>>>> "libgif" which is then expected to be on the default linker path,
>>>>> ie in /usr/lib.
>>>>> I think this is fine except I would guard USE_EXTERNAL_LIBGIF
>>>>> with an expectation that this is at least "not" windows, since
>>>>> I'm pretty sure that option would always be a mistake there.
>>>> The updated webrev does that. I don't have a windows machine to test
>>>> this on, unfortunately.
>>> This does cause some duplication.  Is this really a major issue?  It's
>>> not the default and, if I was someone on Windows trying to get system
>>> giflib working, this would just get in the way.  We had to remove
>>> something
>>> similar in the zlib case that blocked it if not on Mac OS X.
>> This part is weird to me. Sure, trying to set --with-giflib=system on
>> windows is wrong, but that's why configure is verifying that it's
>> actually there and that the toolchain is able to compile and link
>> against it. I just tried the patch on windows, and configure fails at
>> finding giflib, even if it's installed in cygwin, as expected. I do not
>> think we should be hand holding to this extent in the makefiles. If we
>> really want to guard this on windows, do it in configure, with a helpful
>> error message, rather then silently ignoring the option in make. But as
>> pointed out, it's really not necessary.
> Okay, I have reverted the Makefile changes that checked for windows.
> Updated webrev at:
> Thanks,
> Omair

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