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Re: svn_client_init_ra_libs()

From: Greg Stein <gstein_at_lyra.org>
Date: 2001-03-09 13:43:58 CET

On Thu, Mar 08, 2001 at 03:40:09PM -0600, Ben Collins-Sussman wrote:
> Greg (Stein):

gjs or gstein :-) ... although, the context of the topic, would probably
make plain old Greg work just fine :-)

> We need the ability to fetch a hash full of available RA vtables. The
> client needs this routine, and so do RA test programs. (I'm working
> on ra-local-test right now.)

Expose the hash of them? Or return the ra_plugin used for a specific URL? We
have the latter. I don't understand why you would need the former.

> I discovered your implementation of svn_client_init_ra_libs() -- which
> seems to do exactly that! The problem is that it always tries to
> manually load DSOs.

Euh, no it doesn't :-)

If the ra_libraries[] global has initializer functions already in it, then
init_ra_libs doesn't try to load a DSO. Check your
SVN_LIBSVN_CLIENT_LINKS_RA_* defines in svn_private_config.h (top-level

> We need to expand the abilities of this routine. It needs to return a
> hash of available RA vtables *regardless* of how the binary was
> compiled; it should work in a statically linked universe too.
> Do you know how to make this happen?

It does, although the hash is hidden within the baton. It works for all
three of the following cases, in order of preference:

1) if DSO loading is available AND --enable-shared was passed to configure
   (well, the absence of --disable-shared, really), THEN use dynamic loading

2) if DSO loading is available AND --disable-shared was passed, THEN use
   static linking

3) if DSO loading is NOT available, THEN use static linking

There is a fourth case, which we do not support at this time:

4) if DSO loading is available AND --enable-shared was passed, THEN use
   shared-library linking
   [ link against the .so rather than the .a; currently if a .so is
     produced, then we always dynamically load it ]

So... I'm a bit unclear on the API changes that you'd like to see. We
certainly have the correct mechanics occuring; the question is how much we


Greg Stein, http://www.lyra.org/
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