Dynamic Libraries

Hello

My Project is TurboIRC 3 , the sequel of TurboIRC 2000 ( www.turboirc.com ) , running under Windows and Linux .

Everything goes fine, but I want to add plugin support.

In Windows , I can load DLL's at run time and call their functions using LoadLibrary() and GetProcAddress().

My question is , 1. How to create such a shared library in linux ( e.g. Compiler options and 'exported functions' )  , and 2. How to load the libraries and call their functions from C++ .

Thanks a lot
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WxWAsked:
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ahoffmannConnect With a Mentor Commented:
1. use -shared option for gcc (and -G for ld)
   all functions which are note declared static are exported automatically
2. see man: dlopen, dlsym, dladdr, dlerror, dlclose
   (and don'r forget to add -ldl as linker option)

> How to load the libraries and call their functions from C++
Keep in mind that this is not the UNIX/Linux-way handling
dynamic shared objects.
UNIX/Linux does not load dynamic shared objects by program code using the function from 2. above (as M$), but the linker, respectively the runtime loader (ldd), will do it automatically.
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WxWAuthor Commented:
Thats the problem.
The libraries have the same exported functions since they work as 'plugins' : anyone can make one without my application to know what the plugin is supposed to do.
So , linking the libraries at compile-time won't help. I need run-time code-based opening and calling.


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ahoffmannCommented:
2. see man: dlopen, dlsym, dladdr, dlerror, dlclose

with dlopen() you load the lib, with dlsym() you get the symbols (functions, variables, etc.) in there, a.s.o. ..
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karouriCommented:
listening..
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ahoffmannCommented:
are there some news, WxW?
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WxWAuthor Commented:
y sorry for the delay ( vacation ! )

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