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From: Ali Azarbayejani (ali_at_[hidden])
Date: 2003-03-25 17:41:49

David Abrahams wrote:
> Ali Azarbayejani <ali_at_[hidden]> writes:
> > Doesn't <library> (or <link-to>) in Usage Requirements *already*
> > propagate (while <include> or <define> do not? or do they?) ?
> I have no clue. The definition of <library> is:
> feature library : : free dependency ;
> so it is not "propagated", but on the other hand "propagated" also
> denotes travel in the other direction: from dependents to
> dependencies.

Property <library> in Usage Requirements is continuously propagated
upward (I don't know by what mechanism, but I know it is, because it
ends up in the link line).

I don't know about other properties like <include> or <depend> (I hope
they are not, because that would lead to a lot of unexpected

> > If "a" is built <link>shared, it will statically link to "b" (I don't
> > think this is possible with GCC)
> Sure it is, as long as "b" is built with <shared-linkable>true
> (i.e. -fPIC). A GCC static library is just an archive of object
> files; you can link them into anything that can link with .o files.

That's good to know. Can GCC restrict symbol exports like MSVC can?



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