[Rubygems-developers] Binaries dependencies (shared_libraries) for Windows.

Luis Lavena luislavena at gmail.com
Tue Nov 18 15:52:31 EST 2008

On Sun, Nov 16, 2008 at 7:19 PM, Charlie Savage <cfis at savagexi.com> wrote:
>> I've explored the different alternatives under several environments
>> and the following are my findings:
>> 1) Alteration of PATH to prepend the DLL location.
>> 2) Usage of SetDllDirectory
> Maybe we do something simple and say that all shared dependencies get put
> into ruby/lib on windows (or create a new directory, ruby/shared or
> something).  Or we could just do what happens now, put everything in bin.
>  But I think its probably be better to separate them out.

We will still face the override of the libraries by old/new versions
that came from different gems.

> One potential drawback with this solution is if 2 gems use the same shared
> library, but install different versions (although maybe the files would have
> different names).

Highly unlikely the dll has different version, like ones found on
*nix, they always stick to the same name.

I'm looking right now how option 3 will affect when allocating two
handles and adding the proper hooks to cleanup those at_exit.

Eric: with option 3 we open handles at the OS level. do you think we
can hook a at_exit function to perform the cleanup (close) of these
Luis Lavena
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