Re: On the cost of libraries

Alex Larsson <alexl redhat com> writes:

> On Sat, 1 Sep 2001, Maciej Stachowiak wrote:
> > On 01Sep2001 11:52PM (+0200), Drazen Kacar wrote:
> > > 
> > > I would strongly recommend against libraries having data which is not
> > > accessed by functional interfaces. If there is such data, the library
> > > must be loaded even if it will never will be used and run-time linker
> > > must process data relocations.
> > 
> > oaf / bonobo-activation has an instance of this mistake (it exports an
> > array that has the popt options rather than a function to get it). Is
> > it worth breaking the API freeze on bonobo-activation to fix it?
> I think so, if it is just one symbol. And the popt array is mostly only 
> used in one place in apps too.

Let's first get some hard data. I find it a little hard to believe
that exporting a single variable causes more than a single
variables worth runtime link overhead.


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