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Re: [Mingw-users] binutils 20040120-1 & VC6 .lib incompatibility?

From: Danny Smith
Subject: Re: [Mingw-users] binutils 20040120-1 & VC6 .lib incompatibility?
Date: Sun, 1 Feb 2004 05:36:57 +1100 (EST)

 --- address@hidden wrote: > We're noticing a problem when building Mozilla 
using the latest
> binutils release candidate.  We have old versions of libIDL-0.6.lib &
> glib-1.2.lib which are linked into the xpidl.exe binary. The libraries
> were built back in 2001 using VC6 SP??? . If xpidl is built using binutils
> 20040120-1, then xpidl will crash when attempting to call into the libIDL
> library.  

Are the VC6-built libraries dlls/import libs?  What is the error messsage?

We've witnessed a similar crash when the user tries to build
> against these 2001 libraries using VC7 or VC.NET. Presumably, the VC7
> crashes were because the some internal dll structure changed causing the
> libraries to be incompatible.  Did something similar happen to binutils
> between 20030807 & 20040120 ?

Are there static objects in your .lib files as well as import stubs? 

> Danny, can you put the 20030807 release candidate back onto the downloads
> page?  I had to google around to find that release so that I could build
> Mozilla on a new box.

As you probably found out, the older bonaries are still available at any of
the Soureforge mirrors, eg:

> - cls

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