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Matts (1087)

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I work for MessageLabs [] in Toronto, ON, Canada. I write spam filters, MTA software, high performance network software, string matching algorithms, and other cool stuff mostly in Perl and C.

Journal of Matts (1087)

Friday August 02, 2002
11:43 AM

Combining libs on OSX

[ #6868 ]

In XML::LibXML and XML::LibXSLT we share memory allocation code by simply copying the perl-mm.c files between the two projects (yes this is naive, but it works). This works fine on all OSes except Mac OSX, apparently, where it complains about multiple definitions.

So I tried making the memory allocation code external (this'll work no problem I thought to myself!). But it doesn't like that either because it can't find the code now. Gah!

So has anyone got any idea how I might fix this?

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  • For the Mac:: stuff, I defined the same function names and variables in multiple shared libraries, and dyld complained mightily. I put the functions in a single XS file, and access them from the others. So, for example, Foo.xs defines Foo(), and Bar.xs calls Foo() freely, and I put use Foo; at the top of,, etc. And, of course, Bar.xs has to include "../Foo/Foo.h" to get the definition ...

    Does that sound like what you were running into? And does my approach seem Wrong? I don't do a lot of C or XS ... I just look for something that works, and this seems to.
  • I bounced off this the other day, I eventually realised I could use the linker against itself and deleted the .c file from the XML::LibXSLT tree.

    The symbol leaks over when uses LibXML and it just magically works out.

    • That totally doesn't work for me - I get:

      dyld: /usr/bin/perl Undefined symbols:

      Which is one of the functions.

      (and yes, XML::LibXML is loaded before XML::LibXSLT is bootstrapped).
      • Hmm, I guess this is probably that I'm building against a locally-built 5.8.0 rather than the supplied 5.6.0.

        Looking at the output of perl -V for both perls their linker flags do differ, which could explain it:

        /usr/bin/perl (5.6.0)
        Linker and Libraries: ld='cc', ldflags =''


        Linker and Libraries:
            ld='cc', ldflags =' -flat_namespace'

        The Dynamic Linking linker options lddlflagsall are the same for both perls, so I suspect it's the differing ldflags that are letting i