The current status is our tests show this workaround is necessary for at least one distribution of MinGW/gfortran-4.5 (and probably the rest), but not necessary for at least one distribution of MinGW/gfortran-4.6 (but also probably the rest). The SF version of MinGW/gfortran available at http://sourceforge.net/projects/mingw/files/MinGW/Base/gcc/Version4 is the origin of all other distributions. Thus, this bug report is a reminder to test that distribution roughly a year or so from now (late 2012) using the version (usually close to the latest) of MinGW/gfortran that is installed with the automatic MinGW/MSYS installer at http://sourceforge.net/projects/mingw/files/Installer/mingw-get-inst. If that distribution of MinGW/gfortran gives good results in all respects when the workaround is dropped (i.e., STATIC_OPTS OFF), then we should drop that workaround permanently from PLplot. My reasoning is by late 2012, the fix that makes the workaround no longer necessary should have propagated from the SF distribution of MinGW/gfortran to most other distributions of that software.