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Re: Potential problems with cygwin GCC and -mno-cygwin switch

Lapo Luchini wrote:

>>Yeah, and we can kiss that pesky "UNIX emulation" claim of cygwin's
>>goodbye, too.  Somehow, I don't think that you'll find many library
>>files in /usr/lib/cygwin on, say, HP/UX, Linux, Tru64, etc.
>>This method solves a "problem" for -mno-cygwin at the expense of
>>impacting many other packages.
>>I agree that the print-search-dirs should work correctly and even suggested
>>this in the libtools forum.  I agree that --dll-search-prefix=cyg should
>>not be activated when the user specifies -mno-cygwin.
> OK, maybe part of Jon's idea was bad or "not correct", but what about
> replacing just that
>   --dll-search-prefix=cyg
> with a
>   %{!mno-cygwin:--dll-search-prefix=cyg}
> in the distro?
> If I understood it right this whould be a problem solver with no side
> effects, right?

Except that it doesn't really solve any problems that currently exist -- 
only potential ones.  I'll explain below.

I agree that you SHOULD have %(!mno-cygwin:--dll-search-prefix=cyg).  If 
the mingw folks would condescend to actually USE the search prefix 
feature I laboriously added to binutils -- at thier request -- and name 
their DLLs with a prefix other than 'lib' it would truly be nice.  And 
then you'd also put %(mno-cygwin:--dll-search-prefix=mgw) or something.

And Paul Sokolovsky could use --dll-search-prefix=pw.  But I digress.

dll-search-prefix only has effect when you are trying to link directly 
to a DLL.  Ordinarily, you don't do that -- you link with import libs. 
Which are named 'libfoo.dll.a'.  Really, to link to a DLL, in practice 
you have to:
   -L/usr/bin -lfoo

Since there aren't any import libs in /usr/bin, when ld fails to find 
libfoo.dll.a THEN it will search for cygfoo.dll.  (Actually, I'm 
glossing over some other items in the search procedure -- use the 
source, luke)

Do you currently add -L/usr/bin when linking?  No, I didn't think so -- 
therefore --dll-search-prefix can't really be causing any problems. 
Unless you've got DLLs scattered around elsewhere...


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