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From: MANSION, James, FM (James.MANSION_at_[hidden])
Date: 2006-02-28 05:04:12

>So, if first create N static libraries, and then link them
> together into one DLL, right?

Or sometimes multiple DLLs, with different combinations of
the support code in them (which typically will not export

>This sounds like you create N DLLS and then link them into one
> static library. I'm confused, can you clarify what you want
> exactly.

The formaer, above, I want a library of code compiled for
eventual dynamic linking.

>I'm not sure about flags for a.cpp. On Linux, the above won't
> add -fPIC, but this is inefficiency, not a show-stopper. On
Windows -- what flags specifically should be there?

I would regard this as a show-stopper. Some libraries need to
Be compiled with knowledge that they are in a DLL - ACE,
wxWidgets come to mind. Some MFC stuff does as well.

Its not generic but specific to the code at hand.

As I see it, a static link library is a way to manage a bunch
of objects conveniently as a whole such that the link editor
can select from it to fulfill requirements. DLLs are more
like executables than static libraries.

So ... The compilation switches that need to be applied to a
source file to create an object should really relate to
whether it will eventually be directly linked into an executable,
or linked into a DLL. It should not be determined by whether it
gets aggregated into a static library as an intermediate step.


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