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Re: libguile-ltdl

From: Rob Browning
Subject: Re: libguile-ltdl
Date: Thu, 07 Oct 2004 10:11:32 -0500
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Han-Wen Nienhuys <address@hidden> writes:

> what is versioned dlopen

The idea would be to add a function that would let you specify the
soname ("interface number") of the library you want to open, and that
function would then use the same algorithm that does when trying
to find a suitable library.

With the current dlopen, you can't do that.  If you say
dlopen("libfoo"), you have no control over whether you might get,, or something else. So you have to resort to
other means, like putting the version in the library name,
i.e. libfoo4 (or libguile-srfi-srfi-4-v-1).  Then you can say
dlopen("libfoo4") and make sure you get libfoo "version" 4, but this
isn't as flexible as saying dlopen_ext("libfoo", 4), which ideally
would find the most recent version of libfoo satisfying interface 4
(just as does).

Of course we haven't gotten to the point of seeing what would be
involved here, especially cross-platform.  The most basic approach
(for at least linux/elf) would probably involve a search based on the
expected libtool soname.

> and for which GUILE release is it desired? 

No particular release in mind yet, though in the past we had talked
about it for 1.8.  However, now that we've worked around the issue by
putting the soname/version in the name for all of the libs that we
expect to dlopen, it's not as urgent, though it might be nice for
other projects that don't want to have to mangle their library names.

Rob Browning
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