I was wondering if I could get some information about how an installed build of libMesh expects to interact with the bundled libraries --- and specifically with NetCDF. Is -lmesh_METHOD meant also to provide all of the archives for the contrib libraries, or are there some special cases?
The reason that I ask is that I regularly use ExodusII for I/O, and on most systems that I use, it seems like I do not need to include an explicit link to libnetcdf. Specifically, -lmesh_METHOD does the trick. (This is also what is suggested by 'libmesh-config --libs'.) However, when NetCDF is enabled, libnetcdf always appears to be installed along with the libMesh library archive, and on at least one system, I recently determined that I need to include -lnetcdf as a linker flag to avoid undefined symbols.