How to create a dynamic lib with c on HP/unix

How to create a dynamic lib with c on HP/unix.
1. The rule to write the source files?
2. How to create it?
3. How to call function in a dynamic lib?
  Example will be thankful!
wpyAsked:
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jos010697Connect With a Mentor Commented:
It depends a bit on what compiler and linker you're using; assuming you're
using gcc and the GNU linker, it's quite easy:

1: compile all your .c files using the -fPIC flag; this create Position Independent Code
2: link all your .o files using the -shared and -shared and -export-dynamic flags, or, if
   you've    created a .a archive, use the -whole-archive flag to tell the linker that you
   want the entire archive to be linked in; name the output file <something>.so
3: you can simply link any other object file against this .so file. The linker is smart
   enough to know (by looking at the .so extension and the magic number) that
   you want runtime linking;

An alternative to step 3 is, to explicitely include the runtime linker in your executable;
it would look something like this:

typedef double (*math_func)(double);

int main() {
   void* sofile= dlopen("libm.so");
   math_func cosine= dlsym(sofile, "cos");

   printf("cosine(%f)= %f\n", 0.0, cosine(0.0);

   return 0;
}

kind regards,

Jos aka jos@and.nl


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wpyAuthor Commented:
Thanks . but I want  a HP/Unix version
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jos010697Commented:
If you don't have the GNU stuff available, basically all you have to do is:

$ cc -Aa -c +z length.c volume.c mass.c
$ ld -b -o libunits.sl length.o volume.o mass.o

the two commands above compile the translation units lenght.c, volume.c
and mass.c. All three .o files are combined into a shared library libunits.sl

I stole this example from:

http://wsspinfo.cern.ch/file/man.html

One of the links of from this page leads to HP/UX specific stuff ...

kind regards,

Jos aka jos@and.nl

ps. I sincerely _hate_ all those different linker options ...


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wpyAuthor Commented:
Thanks very much!
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wpyAuthor Commented:
Thanks very much!
Have you any sample of shl_load(3X) and the relative functions on HP/Unix?
Please help!
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jos010697Commented:
Ok, here goes:

#include <stdio.h>
#include <dl.h>

/* a function pointer type: taking one double arg, returning a double:  */
typedef double (*funcp_t)(double);

int main() {

shl_t   handle;      /* handle to the shared archive */
funcp_t cosine;    /* pointer to a function */

/* try to open the math archive */
handle= shl_load("/usr/lib/libm", BIND_IMMEDIATE);

if (!handle) {
        perror("can't find lib");
        exit(1);
}

/* try to find the 'cos' symbol */
if (shl_findsym(handle, "cos", TYPE_PROCEDURE, &cosine) != 0) {
        perror("can't find symbol");
        exit(1);
}

/* do something with the 'cos' symbol: */
printf("cosine(1.0)= %f\n", cosine(1.0));

/* and detach the archive again */
shl_unload(handle);

return 0;

}

This is from the top of my head, (and totally untested), by I think you get the
picture ...

kind regards,

Jos aka jos@and.nl
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wpyAuthor Commented:
Thanks very much! I'll test it.
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