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Re: non-libtool, cross-platform libraries

From: Guido Draheim
Subject: Re: non-libtool, cross-platform libraries
Date: Tue, 25 Sep 2001 22:57:38 +0200

> David Carter wrote:
> I need to build a non-libtool dynamically-loaded library, on windows and on 
> HP/UX, from c++ sources.
> This library needs to be built as "foo.dll" on windows, "" on HP/UX.
> I don't think I can use libtool, since the resulting dll/so needs to be used 
> by non-libtool-aware vendor software (iPlanet's
> webserver, to be precise).
> My maintainer platform is Cygwin, just to make things a little more 
> interesting. However, the windows dll is built with
> "-mno-cygwin", and linked against the mingw c++ std library.
> I've stumbled over the naming of the primary to use. I can't use:
> lib_LIBRARIES    = foo.dll
> foo_dll_SOURCES    = foo.cpp
> for example. And automake will not accept a variable in place of the "dll", 
> so I can't use @DL_EXT@ or similar.
> Any suggestions on how to do this within the automake/autoconf framework? I 
> think it could be made to work using
> AM_CONDITIONAL, and repeating the entire lib_LIBRARIES for "foo.dll" & 
> "", but that doesn't feel right.

use automake and lib_LTLIBRARIES =
then read the section about .la libraries - this is a linker script 
understood by libtool' which in turn will instruct it to build a .dll
on windows and a .so on most unix platforms. Oh, and read the stuff
about -module -avoid-version for anything that should be installed as
a module. (damn, one day I have to write that dllmaker guide....)

HTH, and please don't confuse the "libtool" lib-linker-tool and the 
"libltdl" dl-loader library being shipped and supported by libtool.
on win32 and hpux the "libltdl" would just wrap the native (!!) dl-load 
facility that "libtool" will build objects for - being .dll/.so files.

I wonder if there had been no automake-examples for that webservers
module stuff. Or didn't you look anyway?
-- guido                            Edel sei der Mensch, hilfreich und gut
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