On Sun, Sep 11, 2005 at 10:32:51PM -0400, Tom Lane wrote:
Greg Stark <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
... mixing -fpic and -fPIC libraries is a problem.
Is it? I would think having two options would be essentially unworkable
The thing is, on i386 it makes no difference, it's only on some
archtechtures where it matters. And it has to do with both the size of
the symbol table and the size of the code.
Given that you don't know what you need to use until you compile it, if
people are compiling all their stuff with -fPIC you can at least be
sure that it won't break on other architectures.
The new gcc visibility stuff gives you way of shrinking the symbol
table and improving performance. There is a performance difference
between -fpic and -fPIC, whether it's big enough to care about...
You can shrink the symbol table with --version-script in LD, you
provide a script like:
<other exported symbols>
Whether it's enough... For people who want to know the gory details,
read this (by Ulrich Drepper).http://people.redhat.com/drepper/dsohowto.pdf
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