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Re: Did I find an error in the current binutils or what???

Corinna Vinschen wrote:
> On Wed, Nov 07, 2001 at 10:56:00AM -0500, Charles Wilson wrote:
> > Corinna Vinschen wrote:
> >
> >
> > >>Except that the cygwin1.dll/libcygwin.a that you are linking against does
> > >>not have the requisite auto-import support thunks (_nm__*).  Perhaps this
> > >>cygwin was compiled using a (very) old binutils?  pre-20010802 ?
> > >>
> > >
> > > Yes.  It has been cross-compiled on a Linux box.  The binutils are...
> > > uhm... compiled on 2001-07-12 so they are definitely pre-20010802.
> > > Somehow I don't understand how that stuff is supposed to work.  I'm
> > > not a binutils expert...
> >
> >
> > Okay, then I'm gonna assume that you are linking against a kernel that you
> > built yourself, and not the "official" cygwin kernel that cgf built
> > (otherwise, the following applies to him):
> >
> > You ought rebuild your cross-binutils from the binutils-20011002-1-src as
> > distributed from the cygwin mirrors.
> >
> > Recent binutils (post-20010802) add special autoimport-support thunks to
> > the dll's that they create.  These are used to create a lookup table for
> > the variable exports, by fooling the windows runtime loader.  (I don't
> > understand the whole thing, but it's a neat concept.)
> >
> > Anyway, the *DLL* as well as your client app need to be built using a
> > recent binutils, in order for the auto-import thing to work properly.
> Thanks, that helped.  I have build and installed binutils-20011002-1
> for cross-building cygwin binaries on my Linux box.  Now the message
> Warning: resolving ___progname by linking to __imp____progname (auto-import)
> is written to stderr and the link stage is successfully completed.
> > Of course, with the cygwin1.dll, auto-import shouldn't be necessary.
> > __progname *ought* to be declared (with appropriate __declspec() markings)
> > in some header file somewhere, so that's a cygwin bug.
> Which is kinda mess since there's even no header on Linux which
> defines __progname.  Is there _any_ standard on where to define
> __progname? looks like __progname is a BSDism -- and I saw stuff where THEY
were complaining that it wasn't declared in system headers.  Apparently,
the "standard" is to declare "extern char * __progname" in your own code
-- which makes portable __declspec'ing difficult, unless we do something
ugly like:

#ifdef CYGWIN
extern __declspec(dllimport) char * __progname;
extern char * __progname;

in all client code that wants __progname.  Or, just make sure folks use
new compilers and live with the "warning" about auto-import.


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