Some words for binutils announcement?

Charles Wilson
Sun Aug 5 09:27:00 GMT 2001

Package doc.  If people STILL keep asking these questions, then we can 
move the answers to a more noticeable location, like the main FAQ.


David Starks-Browning wrote:

> These can go in the package doc file, right?  Or should they go in
> the main FAQ?
> Thanks,
> David
>>Expected FAQs:
>>Q: "I can't link to -lfoo.  I get "symbol _nm_* undefined"  
>>A: "you need to recompile libfoo, or change your source code 
>>to use __declspec(dllimport). (You're trying to "auto-import"
>>from a library that was built by an old ld.  Either fix your
>>source code so you don't need to "auto-import", or recompile
>>the library with a new ld).  BTW, the original porter of 
>>libfoo probably fixed the libfoo include headers to do the
>>__declspec() definitions correctly for you; did you forget 
>>to -Ddefine something?  Read the porter's notes for libfoo."
>>Q: Now that we don't need to worry about compile-time
>>flags to indicate static linking or dllexport or dllimport,
>>doesn't that mean that we can use libtool to build
>>shared libraries (DLLs) just like every other Unixish 
>>A: Theoretically, yes. But this requires a lot of updates to
>>the autotools (automake, autoconf, libtool) and then each
>>package should be "re-tooled" to use these updated scripts.
>>That's a long term process, but is beginning.  In fact,
>>one of the prerequisites is to update autoconf to version
>>2.52; Cygwin's autotools was updated to that version just
>>a week before this binutils was released.  Be patient.

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