[tex-live] x64 libXau

Reinhard Kotucha reinhard.kotucha at web.de
Sat Dec 27 03:00:21 CET 2008

Karl Berry writes:
 > Hi Lars,
 >     I can run the 32bit without problems on the same server, why does the 
 >     64bit version need this whereas the 32bit does not?
 > I already explained this.  The short answer is, run ldd.
 > When I compiled xdvi for i386-linux, I did so on Debian sarge and the
 > only libXau there is static.  Therefore it is not a dynamically linked
 > library to the executable.
 > When RK compiled xdvi for x86_64, he did so on a different (newer)
 > system that evidently uses libXau.so.  Therefore it is dynamically
 > linked.  Therefore anyone who doesn't have that .so cannot run the
 > binary.
 > Can't you just install some standard package on your system and get
 > libXau.so?  If you want to solve it right now, that is the only way.  We
 > are not going to distribute new binaries just for this, even if it was
 > easy to make new ones, which it isn't.

Hi Karl,
I fear that all packages in this distribution expect that libX11.so is
statically linked against libXau.so.

I just uploaded libXau to tug.org:


$ tar -tzvf libXau-x86_64-linux.tar.gz 
lrwxrwxrwx root/root         0 2008-12-27 01:19 libXau.so -> libXau.so.6.0.0
lrwxrwxrwx root/root         0 2008-12-27 01:19 libXau.so.6 -> libXau.so.6.0.0
-rwxr-xr-x root/root     10200 2008-12-27 01:19 libXau.so.6.0.0

The file is supposed to be extracted in /usr/lib64.  Feedback is welcome.

 > Based on Werner's message, to change the build will require someone
 > playing with the freetype link line and disabling the test binaries.

According to my reply to Werner, it seems that there is absolutely
nothing wrong with the TeX Live build system or the freetype setup.
As far as I understand the problem, it can't be fixed there at all.
It obviously is an X11 library issue, inaccessible by TeX Live's
autoconf stuff.


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