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From Branko ─îibej <br...@xbc.nu>
Subject Re: cvs commit: apr/test testdso.c
Date Tue, 03 Jun 2003 22:20:53 GMT
Jeff Trawick wrote:

> Joe Orton wrote:
>> On Thu, May 29, 2003 at 07:38:29AM -0400, Jeff Trawick wrote:
>>> trawick@apache.org wrote:
>>>> trawick     2003/05/28 11:24:13
>>>> Modified:    test     testdso.c
>>>> Log:
>>>> get testdso to work with the vendor's compiler on HP-UX, which
>>>> defines a different symbol than gcc
>>> or
>>> or
>>> something else
>>> ??
>> Not just to fix testdso
> right, having a cleaner APR-ish way to check the platform is a general
> nice-to-have and not part of the best solution for testdso
> APR already defines and exports platform symbols on some platforms
> anyway...  I wonder what apps actually use them

I disagree. Encouraging the use of platform tests instead of feature
tests is a very bad idea. Certainly, APR needs platform tests
internally, but it should not expose platform knowledge directly to the
user. Instead, the differences should be hidden in feature-test macros
and constants; in this case, there should be a symbol for the (default)
shared library name suffix.

Imagine the mess if all APR users started to use APR_PLATFORM_IS_HPUX to
decide the .so vs. .sl thing... this is exactly what APR is meant to avoid.

Brane ─îibej   <brane@xbc.nu>   http://www.xbc.nu/brane/

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