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Re: how to build gsl dll
On Sun, Feb 17, 2008 at 2:19 PM, Brian Dessent <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Mirko Vukovic wrote:
> > I am trying to build a dll for gsl. I want to link it to clisp.
> Why? The Cygwin gsl packages already contains everything you need,
> including both shared and static versions. Install the 'gsl' package
> for the runtime files (the DLL) and install 'gsl-devel' for the
> developer files (headers, import library, static library, libtool
> library.) You don't have to do anything.
> > On the other hand the gsl executable contains the *.a, *.dll.a and
> > *.la files. Is there a way to convert them to the dll.a
> That doesn't make any sense. There is no need to convert anything, not
> that that's even possible.
> > Frankly, I started dealing with libraries only about a week ago, and
> > while I understand the .a, .so, .dll types (I think), I'm not sure
> > about dll.a and .la.
> For a package 'foo' cygfoo-n.dll is the shared library, it goes in
> /usr/bin since it must be in the PATH. This is the only file that is
> actually used at runtime, as opposed to link time. n is the ABI
> version, if present. libfoo.dll.a is the import library for
> cygfoo-n.dll and it goes in /usr/lib. An import library is just an aide
> for the linker, it contains no actual code. libfoo.a is the static
> version of the library, and also goes in /usr/lib. Sometimes import
> libraries are also named libfoo.a too but this practice is discouraged,
> it's mostly legacy things like all the w32api import libs that are still
> named this way. Import libraries can also be renamed as foo.lib if they
> are to be used by the MS toolchain. libfoo.la is the libtool library,
> it's just a text file that describes aspects of the library and is used
> by libtool if you use that to link.
>  Okay technically the libtool .la file could be read at runtime if
> the library is dlopened with libltdl, but that's probably not relevant
Thank you. I found it: cyggsl-0.dll, cyggslcblas-0.dll in /usr/bin.
Thank you very much for the explanation.
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