There was a discussion some time back concerning the linking of the
postgres backend. Some libraries where linked although they where not
needed, mainly because it was convenient. I had a problem with PL/Java
since a Sun JVM ships with their own version of libz.so (they call it
libzip.so). Sun fixed the problem, simply by adding a namespace to all
functions in their own library so I didn't stress the issue any further.
Now this bites me again. Sun forgot to remove the old functions in their
libzip.so on the amd64 platform.
I have of course reported this to Sun and I expect it to be fixed in
future releases of Java but shouldn't this be fixed for PostgreSQL too?
Perhaps we should consider this a more generic problem. The more
libraries that are linked with the backend, the greater the risk that
add-on modules will run into conflicts. What effort would be involved to
fix this once and for all?
Another related question. What happens when I use --without-zlib? Does
it have any effect on besides disabling compression for the dump/restore
utilities? Is there anyway to make it affect the backend only?