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Old 01-23-2012, 12:53 PM
Reinhard Tartler
 
Default Bug#657019: Please document why the package includes non-PIC code

Package: x264
Version: 2:0.116.2042+git178455c-1
Severity: wishlist

Bug forwarded from https://bugs.launchpad.net/bugs/919509

Seems that according to Policy 10.2, we need to document why we are not
building the shared library with -fPIC in the file README.Debian and get
consensus on that on the debian-devel mailing list.

The reason is that x264 uses a lot of hand written assembler, and
upstream takes care to use non-pic code only on architectures that
support this.

Btw, the same applies to the libav* packages.

Cheers,
Reinhard



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Old 01-23-2012, 05:20 PM
Russ Allbery
 
Default Bug#657019: Please document why the package includes non-PIC code

Reinhard Tartler <siretart@tauware.de> writes:

> Bug forwarded from https://bugs.launchpad.net/bugs/919509

> Seems that according to Policy 10.2, we need to document why we are not
> building the shared library with -fPIC in the file README.Debian and get
> consensus on that on the debian-devel mailing list.

> The reason is that x264 uses a lot of hand written assembler, and
> upstream takes care to use non-pic code only on architectures that
> support this.

> Btw, the same applies to the libav* packages.

Sounds good to me. This is exactly the sort of package that can sometimes
benefit from this and is pretty much in the center of the reason for that
exception.

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