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Re: gcj, shared libraries, and -Bsymbolic

Jakub Jelinek writes:
 > On Tue, Jan 25, 2005 at 02:58:03PM +0000, Andrew Haley wrote:
 > > Jakub Jelinek writes:
 > >  > On Tue, Jan 25, 2005 at 02:43:55PM +0000, Andrew Haley wrote:
 > >  > > The C semantics of the dynamic linker don't play well with Java: when
 > >  > > a method in a shared library accesses some locally defined object it
 > >  > > wants the local copy, not some other object with the same name that
 > >  > > happens to be in a shared library earlier in the search path.
 > >  > > However, the semantics we require correspond quite nicely with the the
 > >  > > GNU linker option -Bsymbolic.
 > >  > 
 > >  > On the other side, -Bsymbolic doesn't work at all together with C++
 > >  > semantics.  So if you link both Java and C++ code into a shared library
 > >  > and link with -Bsymbolic, C++ code will often misbehave.
 > > 
 > > Go on, give me a clue.  I'm not aware of the problem you describe.
 > <typeinfo>:
 >     // On platforms that support weak symbols, typeinfo names are merged.
 >     #define __GXX_MERGED_TYPEINFO_NAMES 1
 > ...
 >     // In new abi we can rely on type_info's NTBS being unique,
 >     // and therefore address comparisons are sufficient.
 >     bool before(const type_info& __arg) const
 >     { return __name < __arg.__name; }
 >     bool operator==(const type_info& __arg) const
 >     { return __name == __arg.__name; }
 > With -Bsymbolic this assumption is no longer true.

I see your point.  So, type_info symbols in different shared libraries
might appear to be distinct when they in fact refer to the same type.

As far as I can see, this would only be an issue if type_info symbols
are imported or exported from C++ code that had been linked into a
shared library with the command "gcj".  While I suppose this is
possible, it is less severe than the Java problem without -Bsymbolic.


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