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Re: Linking against static libraries in Windows (MSYS)

From: Bob Friesenhahn
Subject: Re: Linking against static libraries in Windows (MSYS)
Date: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 12:27:04 -0500 (CDT)
User-agent: Alpine 2.20 (GSO 67 2015-01-07)

On Mon, 27 Jun 2016, Bob Friesenhahn wrote:

The good news is that libtool will already automatically link dependency libraries when you build something which depends on 'A' and the .la file for 'A' is present. In other words, libtool should handle the problem automatically as long as you don't do something to intentionally break it (e.g. delete the .la file) or link using something other than libtool. This is a core function of libtool.

I failed to mention that there is something about MinGW which does make things different. Windows DLLs do not allow undefined symbols so you may be forced to build your library 'B' as a DLL in order for library 'A' to sucessfully link.

Bob Friesenhahn
GraphicsMagick Maintainer,

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