Re: GLib plans for next cycle

On Tue, 2011-09-06 at 10:48 -0400, Behdad Esfahbod wrote:
> On 09/06/11 10:42, Ryan Lortie wrote:
> > On Tue, 2011-09-06 at 10:14 -0400, Behdad Esfahbod wrote:
> >> In HarfBuzz I'm using the C++ compiler without linking to libstdc++.  I found
> >> it as very rewarding experience.  You get library constructor/destructors for
> >> free there.  I think this approach to library design has serious merit worth
> >> considering.
> > 
> > Ha!
> > 
> > I was just writing an email along the lines of "why don't we just
> > compile a tiny bit of C++ code"? before thinking "oh... but then we'd
> > have to link libstdc++" and closing the compose window.
> Yeah, the trick is to pass -fno-rtti -fno-exceptions to g++.  In fact, libtool
> already has code to do this if your C compiler turns out to be a C++ compiler.
>  It's the macro _LT_COMPILER_NO_RTTI.  I've emailed libtool maintainers to ask
> to make this public.

This is specific to gnu g++ though. If you want to target only that then
you might as well just use the gnu c extensions to do library
constructors in plain C. I have plain C ways to implement this for most
systems, although we could use the C++ trick as a fallback.

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