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Re: make the shared library optional

On 11/08/2014 03:14 PM, Mark Wielaard wrote:
> On Fri, Nov 07, 2014 at 03:47:32PM +0000, Vicente Olivert Riera wrote:
>>> It looks like the issue is with the crtbeginT.o code, not with any of
>>> the elfutils objects? I don't immediately know why that particular
>>> object is linked into the shared library. Does the toolchain pick up the
>>> correct version?
>> I'm sorry, the correct version of what? Also, that's an external
>> toolchain and I don't have much information about it :S
> I guess the issue is just that the setup tries to do a static build,
> but doesn't patch the elfutils build enough, so some parts still don't
> get build staticly and when linking against the static crtbeginT.o
> things fail. As Petr explained building elfutils fully static is not
> really supported and might need some ugly hacks.

That's fine, we already disabled elfutils for static builds in Buildroot:

>>> It looks like that is a fairly old 0.155 build with several patches
>>> applied. Have you tried latest elfutils 0.160 or current git?
>> I have tried elfutils-0.160, but I'm having this error:
>> /br/output/host/usr/bin/mipsel-linux-gcc -D_GNU_SOURCE -DHAVE_CONFIG_H
>> -DLOCALEDIR='"/usr/share/locale"' -I. -I..  -I. -I. -I../lib -I..
>> -I./../libelf -D_LARGEFILE_SOURCE -D_LARGEFILE64_SOURCE -std=gnu99 -Wall
>> -Wshadow -Werror -Wunused -Wextra -fgnu89-inline -Wformat=2   -fpic
>> -D_LARGEFILE_SOURCE -D_LARGEFILE64_SOURCE -pipe -Os -g2 -static -c -o
>> color.o color.c
>> color.c: In function ‘parse_opt’:
>> color.c:135:5: error: passing argument 4 of ‘argp_help’ discards ‘const’
>> qualifier from pointer target type [-Werror]
>>      program_invocation_short_name);
>>      ^
>> In file included from color.c:34:0:
>> /home/ldap/vriera/work/mips-buildroots/mips32/output/host/usr/mipsel-buildroot-linux-uclibc/sysroot/usr/include/argp.h:469:13:
>> note: expected ‘char *’ but argument is of type ‘const char *’
>>  extern void argp_help (__const struct argp *__restrict __argp,
>>              ^
>> cc1: all warnings being treated as errors
>> make[3]: *** [color.o] Error 1
> That is strange. argp_help does indeed take a non-const char *.
> But program_invocation_short_name is defined as non-const char * too
> in errno.h. You might be using a non-GNU glibc? Some libcs are slightly
> broken.

It's uClibc.

>>> If you think any of those patches are useful could you submit them so we
>>> can review them for inclusion upstream?
>> Please have a look to those patches here. I think some of them can be
>> useful:
> Those seem hacks to work around bugs/missing features in uClibc.
> Normally elfutils relies on glibc features whenever possible.
> I am not against supporting other libc implementations, but it shouldn't
> create ugly hacks. The memcpy one is a workaround for something odd in our
> code.  I'll propose a simpler cleanup for that. But for the others we
> really need someone that understands the patches to propose and explain
> them on the list so we can discuss and see whether or not they make sense
> to apply to mainline.

I'm sure that if you contact with the guy who signed-of-by those patches
(Thomas Petazzoni) he will be happy to help :-)

Best regards,
Vicente Olivert Riera
Graduate Software Engineer, MIPS Processor IP
Imagination Technologies Limited
t: +44 (0)113 2429814

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