Why is libphobos not a shared library?

Matthew Caron Matt.Caron at redlion.net
Thu Jun 14 08:14:21 PDT 2012

On 06/14/2012 10:28 AM, Iain Buclaw wrote:
> If the idea is to cram as much into 16MB of NAND, I would suggest that
> you avoid building libphobos at all, and just have the libdruntime
> library.

Is there documentation as to what things are in which library? 
(Apologies if this is a stupid question - I haven't dug into the 
implementation details of D heavily yet.)

Specifically, in the short term, we're interested in:

(and, likely more, but those are what occur to me off the top of my head).

> I will need to add this as a switch to the build for you.
> If you need any guidance on building as a shared library, I'll be
> available on IRC from around 7.30pm GMT+0 time.  Either on Freenode or
> OFTC in #d and #d.gdc.

I appreciate the invite, but this is not really a short-term plan. I 
apologize if my email came off as implying more urgency than we actually 
have, and I don't want to take up a lot of your time on something that 
is some months off, if at all.

For a bit of background, my opinion is that D is going to be the next 
awesome systems programming language, eventually replacing C for most 
applications. It has all the nice features of Java and C#, while still 
being (reasonably) light and as fast as C in execution. I'm trying to 
get my company set up to use this now, so that we build familiarity with 
it. As such, the first step is to get GDC on ARM (which I have done). 
The need for shared libraries is something that I see on the horizon (if 
we do end up utilizing D heavily), but not something that is urgent today.

Of course, we do sell a line of products that are essentially 
industrially-hardened embedded Linux computers. If customers start 
asking for D instead of C, the above will become more accelerated.

Matthew Caron, Build Engineer
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