Gentoo Archives: gentoo-alt

From: Michael Haubenwallner <haubi@g.o>
To: gentoo-alt@l.g.o
Subject: Re: [gentoo-alt] Breaking news: Need to start over on AIX
Date: Mon, 21 Feb 2011 16:29:23
In Reply to: Re: [gentoo-alt] Breaking news: Need to start over on AIX by Perry Smith
On 02/13/2011 04:04 PM, Perry Smith wrote:
> On Feb 11, 2011, at 3:23 AM, Michael Haubenwallner wrote: >> >> How I prefer doing "shared libraries" with "soname" on AIX now is: >> >> *) Create the shared object "shr.o" (using '-G' linker flag). >> *) Set the LOADONLY flag for "shr.o" (using 'strip -e'). >> *) Create the Import File "shr.imp", containing >> - this header line, being the "soname" emulation: >> #! >> - another header line telling the bits used: >> # 32 >> or >> # 64 >> - the list of symbols exported. >> *) Create the archive library "" from both >> "shr.imp" and "shr.o". >> *) Create the symlinks as usual: >> -> >> -> >> *) Create the static library archive "libNAME.a" from static objects. > > Do you recall the advantage of having a import file plus the shared > object in the archive? What problem does that solve that having > just the shared object creates?
Actually I've used to do standalone both Import File and shared object - which indeed did work for Prefix so far. However, to get a better chance for upstream integration - especially into libtool, I've had to look at the Big Picture: *) Multilib: Using an archive, it is possible to provide both 32/64 bit shared objects within one single file - much like AIX libc.a and others do. We don't do multilib in Prefix. *) Dynamically load both with and without version number: dlopen("", RTLD_MEMBER), besides the preferred dlopen("", RTLD_MEMBER), and even dlopen("", RTLD_MEMBER) does work. Must admit that I've not seen a package I've built on AIX so far where this actually is necessary. *) All-in-one file to call "shared library (with soname)": This is necessary to allow wrapping the linker to support the '-soname' linker flag, so existing packages without explicit AIX build support can work right out of the box. This even includes those symlinks known from ELF-world. For Prefix this does help a lot as sys-devel/native-cctools provides this ld-wrapper now: I've been able to drop *all* AIX-specific patches and handling from within app-arch/bzip2-1.0.6-r1 now. These (and more) reasons are also listed in libtool-list archives: /haubi/ -- Michael Haubenwallner Gentoo on a different level