wpcap: Load libpcap dynamically

Sebastian Lackner sebastian at fds-team.de
Tue Aug 26 05:47:10 CDT 2014

Linking it dynamically has a great advantage for distributions and package maintainers providing precompiled wine builds. I would also like to provide my wine builds with wpcap support (some users might want to use it) - but when I do that a fixed dependency is required. This is especially confusing when wine is only used as a dependency, like in case of pipelight, where users are already wondering why we now depend on libpcap (those are wine builds where it was already enabled): https://answers.launchpad.net/pipelight/+question/253591

I guess other package maintainers might probably think the same, but most haven't updated to 1.7.25 yet, and are not aware of this problem. Just converting the static dependency to a dynamic dependency would be the easiest approach to solve this - the alternative would be to split wine into (more) packages, and avoid the libpcap dependency on the main one... or just leave this feature exclusively for source-based distros where users have fine-grained control about which features they want. :/


Am 26.08.2014 um 11:55 schrieb Alexandre Julliard:
> André Hentschel <nerv at dawncrow.de> writes:
>> This is intended for packagers, without this patch libpcap easily becomes a fixed dependency of wine.
>> Something we don't want i guess.
> It's only used for wpcap, which can't work without it anyway, so I don't
> see any need to make it dynamic.

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