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From Sindhi Sindhi <>
Subject Apache fails to start when Xerces library is used in a C++ module
Date Sun, 31 Mar 2013 09:06:17 GMT

I have written a C++ module to invoke the Xerces C++ XML library to parse a
XML file. I'm unable to start httpd.exe with these changes. Here are the
details -

a) Apache server version: httpd-2.4.4-win64
b) Xerces version: xerces-c-3.1.1-x86_64-windows-vc-10.0
c) Development envt: Visual Studio 2010 with SP1

Following are the settings I have made in Visual Studio so that the C++
module refers to the Xerces library:
1. Additional Include Directories =

2. Additional Dependencies = xerces-c_3.lib and xerces-c_static_3.lib

3. Additional library directories =

4. Debugging -> Environment:

5. In the Operating System environment variables, added the path
to the environment variable PATH

6. The code in my C++ module to invoke the Xerces library routine goes like
this -

try {
XMLPlatformUtils::Initialize();  // Initialize Xerces infrastructure
catch( XMLException& e ) {
char* message = XMLString::transcode( e.getMessage() );
XMLString::release( &message );

7. Added the below in httpd.conf file -
LoadModule filter_module modules/XercesDLL.dll
AddOutputFilterByType TagFilter text/html text/plain text/css

8. If i try to launch httpd.exe from command prompt, I see the below error -
httpd.exe: Syntax error on line 172 of
E:/httpd-2.4.4-win64/Apache24/conf/httpd.conf: Cannot load
modules/XercesDLL.dll into server: The specified module could not be found.

Even if I comment out the above C++ code in step 6, Apache still fails to
start. That means Apache is failing to load the Xerces library version I'm
using, irrespective of the way I'm invoking the library.

However, If I write a standalone DLL that invokes the above Xerces library
version, and invoke this DLL from an EXE then I'm successfully able to
parse the XML. This means, the Xerces library fails to get loaded only by
the Apache server for some reason.

I think its got something to do with the C to C++ linkage, not sure tho.

Any help is highly appreciated.


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