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From: cgf AT cygnus DOT com (Christopher Faylor)
Subject: Re: Defines for ctype, sys_nerr, sys_errlist in B21 (0.8/1/1)
2 Jan 1999 18:30:27 -0800 :
Message-ID: <19990102210329.A2113.cygnus.cygwin32.developers@cygnus.com>
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To: Corinna Vinschen <corinna DOT vinschen AT cityweb DOT de>,
cygwin32-developers AT cygnus DOT com

On Sun, Jan 03, 1999 at 02:07:10AM +0100, Corinna Vinschen wrote:
>The above new style for defining
>
>	_ctype_ 	as	__imp__ctype,
>	sys_nerr	as	__imp__sys_nerr
>and	sys_errlist	as	__imp__sys_errlist
>
>is a pitfall. Every linkage against libraries, compiled
>using B20 'til B21 (0.7/...) breaks now, if this libraries
>are using the above variables. Especially _ctype_ is more
>or less unavoidable.
>
>For example:
>Tcsh is now linkable against libtermcap.a but unfortunately
>not against libncurses.
>
>This behaviour is really annoying, if you haven't the
>sources for the library or you have problems in compiling
>the library  :-(
>
>I think, this wasn't the intention of this change, was it?

The intent of the change was to share common data in the DLL, that being
what DLLs are for.

It is not always possible to maintain backwards compatibility when we
make improvements.  In this case, that means that sources will have to
be recompiled to link with the latest snapshot.

cgf

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