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Re: libltdl and Windows

From: Howard Chu
Subject: Re: libltdl and Windows
Date: Wed, 29 Sep 2004 14:38:55 -0700
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Bob Friesenhahn wrote:
Currently libltdl will attempt to load any file you request it to (and some you did not) under Windows. Libltdl is currently trying to load .dll.a files when it loads a .la file. This causes problems.

While there are valid reasons for *Windows* programmers to load .exe files and possibly some other types, it doesn't seem to me that libtool (the *portable* library/loader tool) should encourage loading anything but DLLs so attempting to load anything but a DLL should fail. Does anyone know of a reason that libtool should be willing to load anything but DLLs?

Thinking out loud ... not all DLLs are saved with a ".DLL" suffix. But as far as libltdl goes, processing the contents of a .la file, I think it's perfectly reasonable to exclude anything with a ".a" suffix. When asked to explicitly load a non-".la" file though, it should just load whatever was requested.
  -- Howard Chu
  Chief Architect, Symas Corp.       Director, Highland Sun     
  Symas: Premier OpenSource Development and Support

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