How change libtool rule of naming dlls from "cygFOO-version.dll" to "FOO.dll"?

Christopher Faylor
Wed Dec 22 15:02:00 GMT 2004

On Wed, Dec 22, 2004 at 09:44:45AM -0500, Larry Hall wrote:
>At 01:44 AM 12/22/2004, you wrote:
>>> -----Original Message-----
>>> From: Larry Hall [] 
>>> Chaos.  
>>> Windows does not support loading of DLLs through links.
>>Thanks Larry, another validation of my distrust of windoze :-)
>OK, well then I guess I should do a little work to dispel some of your
>distrust. :-)
>After rereading this thread, I realize I'm wrong about this. :-(  When I
>originally read the comment about linking, I thought "symbolic link", which 
>is done so often with .so's on Linux/Unix.  That won't work because the 
>Windows loader will not load DLLs through Cygwin's symbolic links.  However,
>the original response did not include the '-s' flag for 'ln'.  Without it,
>you get a "hard link" on NTFS formatted partitions and a copy everywhere 
>else.  Windows will load either of these as a DLL (no surprise in the second
>case at least ;-) ).
>Sorry for the confusion (mine and that which I caused).

Even if it was "ln -s", it's hardly fair to blame windows for not honoring
a cygwin invention -- symbolic links.


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