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From "William A. Rowe, Jr." <wr...@rowe-clan.net>
Subject Re: [PATCH] apr_dso_load2() with flags support
Date Wed, 21 Sep 2005 14:03:54 GMT
Ping since the thread tied here, and Joe's looking for an answer...

William A. Rowe, Jr. wrote:
> Joe Orton wrote:
>> What's the default behaviour of the current API across all platforms?  
>> I have no idea, I expect it differs wildly from AIX to Windows and 
>> back.  What exactly do you propose?
> AIUI (and I don't necessarily agree with these choices, but we are stuck 
> ;-)
> * Load Global.  Every platform I'm aware of will map into the symbol
>   table.  Now on Win32, OS2, and OS/X (using two-level namespace) these
>   symbols will be by-dso.  E.g. these three examples actually have
>   multiple symbols of the same name, distinguished by the library's name.
>   - disabling 'load global' is very effective for loading modules in
>     parallel.  Name clashes in Linux cause dlopen to barf.  Name clashes
>     on HP/UX produce 'arbitrary' results.  Better to explicitly load
>     most libraries local, and then query the entry points, data or code,
>     as needed.
> * Bind Now, as we Run Constructors and Library Entry Points
>   - disabling 'bind now' is actually a misnomer, what we are really
>     saying with bind deferred, IIUC, is that we plan to only grab
>     some static data or structures, and then dump the DSO without
>     it ever actually performing code operations.
> I think the bind now should be more abstract, to accomplish a specific
> purpose.  If they choose LAZY, are the dependent libraries and symbols
> resolved when the library calls them?  Consistant across platforms?
> Would, say, LAZY on Linux allow the library to perform just-in-time sym
> resolution, while LAZY on AIX might cause the library to crash when
> trying to call an unresolved function?
> As long as the goal is to produce the fewest surprises for APR users
> (developers) I'll be happy with the outcome :)

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