[cairo] Error build does not pick up freetype at the right place

Charles Doutriaux doutriaux1 at llnl.gov
Thu Feb 28 21:10:15 PST 2008

Hi Carl,

Yes and no. I might have some but the problem is that we're 
redistributing our stuff to users worldwide, so the search and destroy 
is unfortunately not an option... For now I decided to simply build 
freetype all the time... if it is located in the same path as cairo then 
this problem disappear.

It's not a huge overhead in build time, and it seems safer...

But i'll keep looking for .la files and i'll let you know if i find 

Thanks again for the answer.


Carl Worth wrote:
> On Thu, 28 Feb 2008 14:36:46 -0800, Charles Doutriaux wrote:
>> I'm trying to build cairo 1.5.10 , I got /lgm/cdat/latest/bin in my path
>> defined first.
>> There's nothing there
>> my libfreetype is in /usr/lib/libfreetype.a (or so) includes are there too.
>> pkg-config picks it up with  no problem
> ...
>> /bin/sed: can't read /lgm/cdat/latest/lib/libfreetype.la: No such file
>> or directory
>> somehow it tries to sed with freetype in the first path! no idea why!
> Sounds like this could just be evil libtool inflicting pain on you.
> Do you have any .la files installed in any system paths? If so, one of
> them might have the /lgm/cdat/latest/lib/libfreetype.la path
> hard-coded in it, (yes, .la files are that evil).
> My typical solution for this particular problem is a system-wide
> search-and-destroy, deleting all .la files I can find. (Though if you
> delete some that aren't causing breakage, that might trigger the need
> to rebuild some things.)
> I hope that helps.
> -Carl

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