Mail Archives: cygwin-developers/1998/10/28/20:11:03

From: cgf AT cygnus DOT com (Christopher Faylor)
Subject: Re: DLL init patch for loading cygwin DLL from MSVC app
28 Oct 1998 20:11:03 -0800 :
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To: Mumit Khan <khan AT xraylith DOT wisc DOT edu>
Cc: cygwin32-developers AT cygnus DOT com, noer AT cygnus DOT com

On Wed, Oct 28, 1998 at 08:53:56PM -0600, Mumit Khan wrote:
>On Wed, 28 Oct 1998, Christopher Faylor wrote:
>> Did you ever manage to get an strace log on this?  It sounds like that
>> would pinpoint the problem pretty quickly.
>Actually, there are multiple problems. dll_crt0 is probably really only
>appropriate for a cygwin app, and not for a cygwin dll loaded in a non-
>cygwin app. If we call dll_crt0, here's some of the problems I see:
>  - the first problem is that the global constructors are called multiple 
>    times; 

Why is this?  Who else is calling the cygwin constructors?

>  - it calls exit (user->main), so that needs to be take care, possibly 
>    by saving the DLL main, NULL'ing it and then calling dll_crt0. This
>    is the easiest one to get around;


>  - then the initialization hangs in sigproc_init() -- in makethread;

That would be an indication of makethread not receiving the "thread ready"
event.  I'm not sure why this would happen in this context unless it is
a malloc problem, possibly.

>I think we need to do more than just call dll_crt0 to initialize ...

Ok.  I'm convinced.  It sounds like dll_crt0_1 will need to be reorganized
to do what you need done.

I had moved things around a while ago in a private copy of the source so
that a lot of the initialization was done when the dll was loaded rather
than when dll_crt0 was called from cygwin_crt0 (there are too many
crt0's in this code, IMO).  I didn't follow through with this because I
couldn't get a clean separation without breaking binary compatibility.

We're anticipating that binary compatibility will break in B21 anyway, so this
will be a good time to get this done.


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