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Re: ideas about threading lib switching

From: "Steve O'Hara-Smith" <steve@xxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2007 22:23:33 +0100

On Wed, 11 Apr 2007 22:19:22 +0200
"Simon 'corecode' Schubert" <corecode@fs.ei.tum.de> wrote:

> Steve O'Hara-Smith wrote:
> >> However, I don't know how we can do this.  Does anybody have input,
> >> ideas?  One way would be to use rtld/libmap, like in FreeBSD, but I
> >> don't 100% like this approach.  I'd like to find something more
> >> elegant.  But I'm kind of stuck here, maybe somebody has some ideas to
> >> contribute?
> > 
> > 	The thought that comes immediately to mind is that variant
> > symlinks may be of help here.
> varsyms do not necessarily help here, because at link time the soname
> might be stored in the binary, which means that the varsym is not being
> used at runtime.  We would need some way to have a proxy lib at link
> time, but a varsym at runtime.
> AH! (bulb lights up)
> how about:
> libpthread.so
> 	proxy lib.  ONLY used for linking, not for runtime usage.
> 	has set its soname to "librealpthread.so.0"
> librealpthread.so.0
> 	is a varsym link to either one of the threading libs.

	Hmm - "All problems in computer science can be solved by adding
another level of indirection" :)

> -pthread would translate to -lpthread.  however, libpthread.so has set a
> soname, so that this soname will be used by the rtld.  this means that
> all binaries in general obey the ABI (defined functions) defined by
> libpthread.so, however they will use the lib pointed to by
> librealpthread.so.0, which then can be libc_r.so.5 or libthread_xu.so.1.
> makes sense?

	Sounds good to me.

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