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Re: DLL naming conventions

On Wed, Aug 30, 2000 at 01:24:11PM +0300, Paul Sokolovsky wrote:
>Existance of several GNU targets based on incompatible underlying
>libraries brings (or will bring soon) problem of clashes between their
>components.  Mere installing software build with each of them into
>separate directory and setting PATH to one of the in per-session manner
>is not flexible since often one piece of software absent in that or
>another distribution.  Of particular importance here is clashing of
>DLLs which is espicially hard to detect for end users.  It would be
>nice if there were some convention for naming DLLs build for particular
>target.  Cygwin did that for a some time, for example, native builds of
>Tcl/Tk, etc.  used to have 'cyg' prefix.  However, latest additions
>seem not to follow this practise.
>Will it be possible to re-consider this matter and if it applies,
>recommend to follow it?  More importantly, it can be automatically
>supported on appropriate level (in libtool).

Nope.  Sorry.

If "end users" are using "incompatible" libraries then they'll really
have to deal with this themselves.  It's too late to change now.

Of course, on reflection, the cygwin project doesn't really have to
change at all.  All of these other "GNU targets" which came along after
cygwin was well established, and benefitted from years of cygwin
development, should probably be making naming concessions if it is a
problem.  Expecting cygwin to change its conventions is just a tad
bit arrogant, don't you think?


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