MacOS libtool and GNU libtool: Recommended way for coexistence?

Jeffrey Walton noloader at
Fri May 1 04:41:32 UTC 2020

On Thu, Apr 30, 2020 at 3:56 AM Ces VLC <cesarillovlc at> wrote:
> Today I got lots of errors when building one of my projects, about "-static" not being supported by libtool... then I realized that the reason is that such project was developed with the MacOS libtool in mind, and by installing GNU's libtool (because of it being required by CUnit), the GNU version takes higher precedence over the MacOS version, and then it breaks the build for my project.
> So... can you give some advice on how to manage the coexistence of both libtools?

When you build libtool from sources, use the '--program-prefix=g'
option to avoid the name collision.

The prefix is also used for some programs, like sed and awk, because
of all the forks floating around.


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