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Re: dynamic loading of the imagemagic library?

From: Jason Rumney
Subject: Re: dynamic loading of the imagemagic library?
Date: Tue, 11 Aug 2009 22:36:17 +0800
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address@hidden wrote:
Is it ok to use dlopen and dlsym for imagemagick loading on
gnu/linux platforms? I presume yes, but since I only dimly understand
why dynamic use of external libraries is problematic, I ask.

Linking to Free libraries is not problematic, making a generalized API to allow arbritrary libraries to be dynamically loaded might be. The reason w32 uses dynamic linking for the image libraries is that there is no equivalent of apt/deb, rpm, BSD ports or fink on w32, so it is better for the users if we don't fail to run when non-essential dependencies are missing.

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