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RE: Excude whole libs when building w32 dlls with -export-all

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Charles Wilson [] 
> Sent: Sunday, April 28, 2002 2:26 AM
> To: Robert Collins
> Cc: Danny Smith; binutils; cygwin-apps
> Subject: Re: Excude whole libs when building w32 dlls with -export-all
> Robert Collins wrote:
> > Can we detect libs and automatically exclude symbols from shared 
> > libraries?
> > 
> > i.e. when linking against libcygwin.a, ALL symbols therein 
> are from a 
> > dll, so -by default- should not be exported.
> Picky point: that's not true in this case.  libcygwin.a, unlike most 
> import libs, contains actual code as well as import thunks 
> for cygwin1.dll.

Yeah well :}. Actually most import libs can be considered to contain
code - that's what the standard stub is. The important point is not to
*ignore* the library, but to not *re-export* it's symbols.
> I dunno if we need something *less* granular (e.g. never never never 
> export ANY symbol of ANY kind that comes from *.dll) ... 
> maybe so.  But, 
> this is a separate argument from Danny's proposed patch.

True. However the current code in ld is a kludge. Always has-been, and
if not fixed... always will-be.
I too like the patch Danny has put forward, (not that I didn't speak
against it :]). I'm hoping to review Ralf's patch tomorrow & will try
and get to Danny's as well. I'm going to test on a non-HEAD ld, and if
that works correctly, then IMO it can go into HEAD... as long as that
part hasn't altered significantly between my testpoint and HEAD.


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