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Subject: Re: [Boost-users] Fwd: Getting ASIO application to link (undefined reference to `boost::system::generic_category()) (SOLVED)
From: Gavin Lambert (gavinl_at_[hidden])
Date: 2013-09-19 22:10:04

On 9/19/2013 3:20 AM, Quoth Ulf Samuelsson:
> That still does not mean that you cannot parse a command line before
> starting the actual link process.

It's not about the command line parsing, it's about the order that the
objects and libraries themselves are parsed in.

The order in which objects are linked can be critically important for
certain designs (eg. if you do want a symbol in your application to
override one provided by a library, or if you're building a multi-object
data structure in a special shared data section). And so that order has
been defined as the order that they're listed on the command line, which
just makes sense.

Sure, it can be a little surprising when you're not used to it, but it's
not hard to get it "right" thereafter.

And while it's possible to tell the linker to loop through multiple
times until it's found everything, this is generally a bad idea as it
hides circular dependencies, which are usually a sign of a bad design.
And it's slower than just listing things in the correct order to begin with.

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