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Re: More Windows stuff ... Gorm works ... sort of

From: Richard Frith-Macdonald
Subject: Re: More Windows stuff ... Gorm works ... sort of
Date: Tue, 22 Mar 2005 06:45:57 +0000

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On 2005-03-21 23:32:53 +0000 Nicola Pero <address@hidden> wrote:

Unfortunately Windows (and other platforms I think) requires all symbols
in a bundle to be resolved when the bundle is linked.  So having the
bundle depend on symbols in the application which is supposed to be
loading them is not a particularly good way of helping the building

I think perhaps you have been concentrating a bit too much on windows ... if
you take a mental step back and think about what bundles are for, I think
you will see that this is a case where windows and the build system need to
be made to accomodate bundle usage rather than the other way round.
Bundles are used to provide plugin features for applications and libraries
... so  it's only reasonable for them to use the symbols of the application
they are going to be plugged in to.  Forcing the developer to put anything a
bundle might need in an externals library might get cleaner code, but would
be a burden on them.  Also it would mean that you have to provide that
external library for them to link against, rather than providing just the
header file detailing the API the bundle may use in the application, and the
application binary itsself.

I suppose I could try to hack the building system to have the
application's symbols exported etc ... (did I remember correctly that
someone did an attempt at that already ?)

That sounds like the right thing to do.
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