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Re: Linkage of SWIG/PYthon bindings against libpython on Solaris with gcc

From: Max Bowsher <maxb1_at_ukf.net>
Date: 2005-12-21 13:02:29 CET

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Daniel Rall wrote:
> I've been trying to compile Subversion 1.3.0-rc4 on Solaris 10 with
> GCC 3.4.2. While compiling the SWIG/Python bindings via 'make
> swig-py', I get the following error from ld when libtool attempts to
> link libsvn_swig_py:
> --- snip ---
> ...
> strncat 0xc84 /opt/sfw/lib/python2.2/config/libpython2.2.a(getpath.o)
> ld: fatal: relocations remain against allocatable but non-writable sections
> collect2: ld returned 1 exit status
> make: Fatal error: Command failed for target `subversion/bindings/swig/python/libsvn_swig_py/libsvn_swig_py-1.la'
> --- snip ---
> A pile of lines like the first shown (with symbol name, offset, and
> library) are spewed before we get to the actual linker failure. The
> failure is triggered by an attempted linkage with Python's static
> library (libpython2.X.a, where X is your installed version). Removal
> of this linkage from the Makefile restores the state of the bindings
> in Subversion 1.2.3, and results in a successful build of the Python
> bindings.
> Something in the neighborhood of the following commit introduced the
> linkage to the Python library:
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> r10450 | maxb | 2004-07-31 15:11:08 -0700 (Sat, 31 Jul 2004) | 9 lines
> Explicitly link the python bindings against libpython.
> * Makefile.in: New substitution variable, SWIG_PY_LIBS.
> * build.conf: Add SWIG_PY_LIBS to the libsvn_swig_py link.
> * build/ac-macros/swig.m4: Set and substitute SWIG_PY_LIBS.
> * build/get-py-info.py: New --libs option to provide SWIG_PY_LIBS.
> Teach how to escape OS X -framework options so libtool doesn't eat them.
> Teach how to add extra library arguments on Cygwin, like distutils does.
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> The mechanics of the change involve swig.m4 calling get-py-info.py for
> some compilation and linking options:
> AC_CACHE_CHECK([for linking Python libraries], [ac_cv_python_libs],[
> ac_cv_python_libs="`$PYTHON ${abs_srcdir}/build/get-py-info.py --libs`"
> ])
> SWIG_PY_LIBS="$ac_cv_python_libs"
> Here's what that looks like on the command-line, the output of which I
> remove from the Makefile for a successful build:
> [dlr@sc-soldev4:subversion-1.3.0-rc4]$ python ./build/get-py-info.py --libs
> -L/opt/sfw/lib/python2.2/config -lpython2.2
> What's the need behind the explicit linkage with of the bindings with
> libpython?

It's absolutely required on PE targets (i.e. Cygwin).
It's not at all required on Linux ELF.
It may or may not be important on Darwin.
It likely isn't required on at least some miscellaneous Unixes.

> Google hits for this linker error suggested using -fPIC (already in
> use) and/or -G (not helpful). They also suggested building against a
> libpython shared library, which I've tested and found to work.
> However, a shared library is not available for Python 2.2.3 (though
> Garrett came up with a patch to Python 2.2.3's build system that would
> let us create a .so), which is the version of Python my application
> code has been qualified and packaged for.
> Understandably, I would prefer to be able to build Subversion's
> bindings against Python 2.2.3, rather than upgrade Python. Thoughts?

Since Python doesn't appear to be handing us linker arguments which can
be unconditionally used as is, just give up and conditionalize
get-py-info.py --libs to only return anything on Cygwin and Darwin.

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