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Building cpan module that links with proprietary libs

I'm attempting to build a cpan module (well actually it's not a cpan module but rather a module that uses MakeMaker and has the familiar perl Makefile.PL, make, make test, make install installation procedure. Additionally I need to link it to a set of proprietary libs that I am given only the .lib files for. If you must know this is for Perforce's P4Perl which I'd like to get working with Cygwin's Perl natively.

I download the P4API bundle (the package that has include files and the .lib files pre-compiled). Next I need to do:

$ perl Makefile.PL --api-dir /.../path/to/unzipped/p4api

This works fine and I procedure with the make. This fails with things like:

make[1]: Leaving directory '/cygdrive/a/perl/P4Perl.Cygwin/lib'
g++ -c -I/cygdrive/a/perl/ -Ilib -x c++ -DUSEIMPORTLIB -O3 -DVERSION=\"2014.1\" -DXS_VERSION=\"2014.1\" "-I/usr/lib/perl5/5.14/x86_64-cygwin-threads/CORE" -DID_OS="\"CYGWIN17THREAD\"" -DID_REL="\"2014.1\"" -DID_PATCH="\"842847\"" -DID_Y="\"2014\"" -DID_M="\"05\"" -DID_D="\"06\"" -DOS_CYGWIN -DOS_CYGWIN17 -DOS_CYGWIN17THREAD -DOS_CYGWINTHREAD -DP4API_VERSION="515585" -DID_API="\"2014.1/821990\"" P4.c
Running Mkbootstrap for P4 ()
chmod 644
rm -f blib/arch/auto/P4/P4.dll
g++  -shared P4.o  -o blib/arch/auto/P4/P4.dll lib/libp4.a      \
  /usr/lib/perl5/5.14/x86_64-cygwin-threads/CORE/cygperl5_14.dll        \

P4.o:P4.c:(.text+0x45ac): undefined reference to `ClientApi::SetClient(char const*)' P4.o:P4.c:(.text+0x45ac): relocation truncated to fit: R_X86_64_PC32 against undefined symbol `ClientApi::SetClient(char const*)' P4.o:P4.c:(.text+0x4a9c): undefined reference to `ClientApi::SetHost(char const*)'

Notice that it removes P4.dll, so it seems to know it's working with dll's, but then it calls g++ with a -o for libp4.a! Why a .a? Shouldn't this be .dll?

Meantime it fails with many undefined references. I think I might need to do perl Makefile.PL with other opts to tell it that while it's using Cygwin and can be very Linux-like, it needs to produce .dll's and not .a's or .o's.

Has anybody managed to do this? What am I doing wrong?
Andrew DeFaria

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