Subject: Re: dlopen() twists
To: Michael Richardson <email@example.com>
From: Todd Vierling <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 12/28/2000 11:33:10
On Thu, 28 Dec 2000, Michael Richardson wrote:
: Todd> : > it seems to me that there are a couple of twists in dlopen() handling
: Todd> : > in NetBSD.
: Todd> : > 1. static linked binaries cannot use dlopen().
: Todd> :
: Todd> : I think this is a mistake.
: Todd> This is an artifact of the design of the [particularly ELF] dynamic loader.
: Todd> For ELF, the kernel loads the ld.elf_so as the program interpreter *BEFORE*
: Todd> the main program is completely set up to run.
: isn't this just a question of providing libdl.a?
Not really. Read up on the ELF ABI spec to understand why.
Now, it is *possible* to provide a libdl.a with some rewriting of the
code--but there are drawbacks, such as needing the shared libc for modules
that call libc functions (no, you can't get symbols from a main static
program), and other things. The effort involved is likely more trouble than
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