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Re: HELP: Modules and dlopen
Ian Grant <I.A.N.Grant@damtp.cam.ac.uk> writes:
> What I would prefer though would be to build the postgres glue as a
> shared library and have it dlopen()ed or whatever by the
> ``use-module: (database postgres)'' clause.
My sybase code does this, already, I guess it would benefit from some
comments. Everything you need has the string _init() in it. The
current module system will be abandoned at some point (I wish I knew
when), so I don't know if this information is worth adding to the
permanent docs, but here goes nothing.
Lets assume you want to create a 'C' module named (database postgres).
You need to define two functions. The first of these is run when the
module system slurps in the shared library, I call it the 'pre-init'
function. Here is an example of a pre-init function for your module:
/* the c function name is important: it is constructed out of the */
/* module name. the pre-init function points at the init function. */
scm_register_module_xxx("database postgres", (void*)scm_init_postgres);
Now you need an init function, which gets called later when your
module is actually used for the first time. This two phase
initialization makes it possible to use the same code from a shared
library, or statically linked into a guile interpreter.
/* your real initializations go here */
If you add a couple of printf's, you can see the order in which things
happen. The one last thing to do is to put the resulting shared
library somewhere on %load-path, and presto you should be off and
running. Don't forget -fPIC (this caused me some problems the first
I can fill out this discussion with more detail if that would help;
let me know.
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