pragma, dlls, etc

Robby robby.lansaw at
Wed Feb 7 00:27:58 PST 2007

Mike Parker wrote:
> Robby wrote:
>> I've spent the past couple of hours beating my head around this so I 
>> thought I would see if I can get some help.
>> Considering the following directory structure:
>> a/
>>   b/
>>   compile.bat
>>     c/
>>       d/
>>         my.dll
>>       main.d
>> compile.bat:
>> dmd -run b/c/main.d  -I../b -I../b/c/d/
>> pause
>> in main.d I have
>> pragma (lib, r"b/c/d/my.dll");
>> and I get Not a valid library file
>> Obviously there is, but is there something I'm missing?
> You need to create an import library (my.lib) and link to that. DMD 
> doesn't link directly to DLLs. In fact, most C and C++ compilers do not 
> do this on Windows, either. MingW is the only one I know of that accepts 
> DLLs on the command line in place of library archives.

I've ran implib.exe against it and generated a my.lib file which I've 
put into the same directory as my.dll, and when I use:
  pragma (lib, r"b/c/d/my.lib");
I get an alert box stating "This application has failed to start because 
my.dll was not found"

Sorry, that was in my draft.. didn't make it into the post though

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