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LinuxWorld.com: Linux library loader stirs Borland complaint

Oct 23, 2001, 14:01 (26 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Barr)
"Thorpe voiced his displeasure with both the Linux library loader and the open source community in his post. (See Resources for a link.) Thorpe's message struck me as simply being wrong-headed. For one thing, his complaints about a "bug" and the open source community's lack of concern sound more like whining and excuses for a problem in Kylix. For another, his remarks don't build community, they polarize communities.

Thorpe's first complaint is that the loader doesn't report return codes reflecting the results of library initialization to the calling program. Borland didn't know that when they wrote Kylix. They assumed that it did. Now that they have found out that loader Linux uses behaves differently than Windows does, they pronounce it a bug.

Not being familiar with the code in question, I decided to ask some open source/free software luminaties their opinions on the issue. Is Thorpe's complaint really a bug in the loader. Is the loader working as it is supposed to work? I also asked for suggestions for alternatives. Thorpe posited that Borland's only option is to wait and hope that some day the open source maintainers make it happen. Here is what they had to say."

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