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Subject: [Boost-users] [threads] contention for MSCRT's_pRawDllMain hook in static library
From: Evan Burkitt (eburkitt_at_[hidden])
Date: 2008-11-18 17:27:01

I'm using VS2005 to compile a DLL that links with the MFC DLL and also the
static Boost threads library. I've upgraded from Boost v1.34.1 to v1.37 and
now the threads library's use of MSCRT's _pRawDllMain hook interferes with
MFC's use of the hook to point to its _RawDllMain export. I've come up with
a workaround of a library that exports _pRawDllMain and links to _RawDllMain
in the MFC DLL and an export I've added to the threads library that calls
its dll_callback() function. I just can't get the MS linker to cooperate.

If I put my library ahead of the threads library in the command line the
linker complains of a multiply-defined symbol. If I put the threads library
ahead of my library the linker uses the threads library _pRawDllMain export
and ignores mine. Only if I remove the _pRawDllMain export from the threads
library entirely does the linker use mine. I would like to leave the
_pRawDllMain export in the threads library so that it will still work in my
library's absence but I can't figure out what makes it so attractive to the

I realize this isn't, strictly speaking, a Boost issue, but the problem
arose because of a change to Boost and I know there are a lot of smart
people here. :)>


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