• C

calling function from .so file, dlsym() problem

I am having trouble understanding the following error message:

dlexec.c: In function `main':
dlexec.c:44: void value not ignored as it ought to be

I have an add.so library which has and add function in it that takes two Strings as arguments and returns an int. I want to call this function from my main() program. The "add" name and the 2 numbers are passed as arguments in my main() function.

Here is my code:

int main(int argc, char *argv[])
      if (argc - 1 != 3)
            printf("Wrong number of parameters\n");
            char name[100] = "./";
            char app[4] = ".so";
            void *handle;
            void (*func)(char*, char*);
            int result;
            //int result = add(argv[2], argv[3]);

            strcat(name, argv[1]);
            strcat(name, app);
            printf("%s\n", name);
            handle = dlopen (name, RTLD_LAZY);
            if (!handle)
                  fputs (dlerror(), stderr);
            func = dlsym(handle, argv[1]);
            result = (int)func(argv[2], argv[3]);
            printf("RESULT = %d\n", result);

            printf("%s\n", argv[2]);
            printf("%s\n", argv[3]);

Thanks for your help.
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Hi trubiat,
> void (*func)(char*, char*);
Your function declartion is void.

If your function return an int, then you need a function declaration that returns an int
int (*func)(char*, char*);

David Maisonave (Axter)

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trubiatAuthor Commented:
by doing that i get the following errors:

/tmp/cc52OCAo.o: In function `main':
dlexec.c:(.text+0x97): undefined reference to `dlopen'
dlexec.c:(.text+0xb6): undefined reference to `dlerror'
dlexec.c:(.text+0xe3): undefined reference to `dlsym'
collect2: ld returned 1 exit status

trubiatAuthor Commented:
i have #include <dlfcn.h> at the top so i don't know what that error means.
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Check your man page for dlopen, to make sure you have the right #include
You'l need to link with libdl.a also, e.g. like

gcc -rdynamic -o foo foo.c -ldl
trubiatAuthor Commented:
that';s the right one...Any other ideas?
Yes, use the library I mentioned in my last comment ;o)

This is a linker error, not a compiler error.
>>result = (int)func(argv[2], argv[3]);

Now that you fixed the func declaration, you can remove the above (int) cast.

When ever you find yourself needing to do a cast, double check your code, because that's the compiler's way of saying there's some logic error in the code.
Adding a cast to it, just silences the compiler, but doesn't make the problem go away.
I answered your original question, which allowed you to successfully compile the code.

Is there a reason why I wasn't awarded points for answering the question?
Agree, 100%. That should have been a split.
trubiatAuthor Commented:
sorry guys my fault...how do i give points to both of you?

please administrator allow me to award the points again
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