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Re: SVGALIB on Thinkpad

Dennis Payne wrote:

> > Which doesn't seem right. Now, I've no objection to messing around
> > building the X11 link lines, but I'm not sure I should and the FAQ
> > doesn't say I should have to. Especially since SDL depends on threads,
> > but supplies the thread link, but not the X11 link it also depends on.
> Actually if you don't link to pthreads and another library uses it,
> your program crashes under linux anyway.  No one has told me why but I
> heard about it on the OmniOrb mailing list.

There was a long-standing bug in the Linux linker that caused you to need
to explicitly link with pthreads if you linked to another library that
needed pthreads - even if that library had all the necessary references
to avoid that need.

This is particularly evidenced with the Mesa library - which needs to be
linked with pthreads even if you don't otherwise use it.

I believe that recent 'ld' versions have fixed the problem - but it's
probably still a good idea to explicitly link your application against
pthreads just in case someone with an outdated 'ld' tries to build your

The effect of the error is a linker error that can appear *either* at
link time *or* when your program is being initially executed.

This bug was old enough to have made it into a Linux fortune cookie!!

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