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I never understood why the header-based link system is needed. .NET and Java don't need them either, and they work much better.

Ayende Rahien

tobi, They are needed because this way, you could write a single pass compiler. It meant very little memory was needed to actually do the compilation


Maybe the pre-processor conditionaly stripps the definition away?

Ayende Rahien

Eti, Nope, I made sure of that.


Does dumpbin show the correct symbol in corresponding obj file?

Ayende Rahien

D:\Work\lightningdb-win\liblmdb\Release [master +10 ~5 -0 !]> &"C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 11.0\VC\b in\amd64\dumpbin.exe" /EXPORTS .\mdb.obj Microsoft (R) COFF/PE Dumper Version 11.00.50727.1 Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

Dump of file .\mdb.obj

File Type: ANONYMOUS OBJECT D:\Work\lightningdb-win\liblmdb\Release [master +10 ~5 -0 !]>


are you building with /GL option? also, try /SYMBOLS instead of /EXPORTS.

Ayende Rahien

zdeslav, I am looking at you now with glazed eyes. No idea what you are talking about.


sorry for succinctness, I was typing with child in my arms :)

i see that you call 'dumpbin /exports' but 'dumpbin /symbols' will list all the symbols, so you can check whether there is anything similar to mdbenvset_flags, or is it missing completely.

I ask about /GL flag, as it prevents using these flags.

Ayende Rahien

I removed /GL flag, and then used /symbols. The object has mdbenvsetflags in it.


hmm, markdown is messing up the formatting and stripping underscores. I understand that the symbol name in the obj file starts with the underscore, like _mdb_env_set_flags, without any additions (like @12)? In that case it all seems fine. it's a long shot, but are you sure that set_mapsize is linked from the same obj file and not some other?


those (env, ....)

I'm guessing they should be (&env, ....)

Ayende Rahien

Keith, No, that is already a pointer.


what do the 3 warnings say?

Alois Kraus

Maybe you have duplicate header files with different content? Check from where the header file is loaded for all projects. Could it be that set_flags does contain as input types ifdefed types which do change the actual signature? That would make it possible to compile it but fail at link time because the library was compiled with a differen set of ifdefs.

Kelly Sommers

Not enough details in this post to even suggest what the real problem is since I can't see what the project includes.

You need to have midl.h and midl.c in the project. Are they included?

Ayende Rahien

Kelly, That was mostly to vent. I work around that since I just needed to test something out. FWIW, this was in the lmdb-win project.


The missing symbol is prefixed with a "_" unlike your usage?

Rodrigo Zechin

The fact that both functions are defined in the same header doesn't mean they are implemented in the same library.

You need to find out on which *.lib file this function is implemented and reference it during the linking phase. The easiest (but ugliest) way of doing this is with a #pragma comment(lib, “xxx.lib”) on your *.c file

The "right" way would be to add the lib to your "Additional Dependencies" list on the project properties

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