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I'm concerned my sentence may sound awkward

In many cases we want to give the same set of directories as we give to -L to -rpath

when I want to say

In many cases, if we want to give directories A, B and C to -L, we want to give A, B and C to -rpath, too.

especially because of the repeated "to" and the long object. How can I rewrite the above sentence for more clarity?

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    "In many cases we want to give the same set of directories to both -L and -rpath" sounds fine to me, as does "In many cases we want to give the same set of directories to -rpath that we gave to -L." – stangdon Apr 11 '16 at 12:49
  • I find your example a bit of a garden path, so it is a little confusing; but grammatically it's fine, and in speech (where you would indicate the structure by phrase intonation) it is perfectly normal. – Colin Fine Jun 27 '17 at 15:44
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In many cases where we have given directories A, B, and C to -L, we will want to give them to -rpath as well.

"will want to give" can be replaced with "must give" if you're referring to a requirement for things to work properly.

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