--out-implib when linking shared libraries

Duncan Coutts duncan.coutts at worc.ox.ac.uk
Sat May 16 07:26:53 EDT 2009

On Sat, 2009-05-16 at 11:07 +0100, Neil Mitchell wrote:

> I don't, although having that option wouldn't be a bad thing - having
> a minimal .lib is perfectly reasonable as a default. Having a massive
> .lib seems crazy. (The fact that .lib is named .dll.a isn't too much
> of an issue)

It's possible to create a minimal import lib via a .def file (which
lists the exports). I think the dlltool helps with that.

> > So my suggestion is remove it, if you're linking using gcc it should
> > work.
> I'm not linking the .dll at all, only using dynamic linking, which
> works without the .lib. But I don't really want to start removing
> files - doing that in a build system seems like a bad idea.

Sure, so at least you don't have to install them.


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