SuiteSparse fails to link in shared library due to missing -fPIC in libsuitesparseconfig.a

Bug #1319687 reported by Arne Morten Kvarving on 2014-05-15
This bug affects 6 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
suitesparse (Debian)
Fix Released
suitesparse (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

The config library is only available as a .a which is not compiled with -fPIC. Thus, linking into shared libraries fails on AMD64.

Attaching a minimal program to trigger the bug.

gcc -shared -fPIC -o suitetest.cpp -lumfpack -lsuitesparseconfig

description: updated
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in suitesparse (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Budo Zindovic (bzindovic) wrote :

I've added a fix to official libraries and packaged it in my ppa. To install libraries with a fix of this bug, do the following:

1. sudo add-apt-repository ppa:bzindovic/suitesparse-bugfix-1319687
2. sudo apt-get update
3. sudo apt-get upgrade

I hope it will be resolved in the official package.

doh, missed your response. thanks a lot!

Hi Budo,
I don't think your approach is the right one, working against the package maintainer's intent to provide both types of libraries, one with -fPIC and one without.
Check out my update to Debian bug #684116: the package already builds a libsuitesparseconfig_pic.a and simply misses to include it in the binary .deb file. I noticed when going through the patches that were already in the package before yours.

The attachment "include libsuitesparseconfig_pic.a in libsuitesparse-dev" seems to be a patch. If it isn't, please remove the "patch" flag from the attachment, remove the "patch" tag, and if you are a member of the ~ubuntu-reviewers, unsubscribe the team.

[This is an automated message performed by a Launchpad user owned by ~brian-murray, for any issues please contact him.]

tags: added: patch
Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

Thanks bug reading it seems the Debian maintainer disagrees with the change, unsubscribing sponsors until that's resolved, no need to have the discussion in 2 different bug trackers

Changed in suitesparse (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Low
Changed in suitesparse (Debian):
status: Unknown → Fix Released
Pedro (pedro-cavestany) wrote :

Hi, this bug has been around for near 2 years now, when will it be fixed in Ubuntu?

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