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Re: c++ problems - konqueror, etc.

Greg Lindahl wrote:
> On Mon, Oct 28, 2002 at 01:27:11AM +0100, Thiemo Seufer wrote:
> > The right way to solve it would be to implement GOT reference
> > counting in MIPS binutils. Hope that helps :-)
> That would help, but really big programs can still blow out a single
> GOT. For example, on the Alpha before multi-GOT, we couldn't link
> Legion's libraries properly. Legion is a huge C++ program with
> extensively templating. With g++, the preferred way to make the
> smallest possible library (no duplicate template expansions) was to
> cat together all the source files and have g++ chew its way through it
> all at once. Applixware had the same problem, same reason.
> So saying that emacs won't blow out a single GOT isn't the end of the
> story: some people want to compile their own codes, and they can be
> really big.

Sure, to overcome this problem once and for all MultiGOT is the
best answer. A larger single GOT as implemented via -xgot would
work also, being less efficient.

But any of these approaches would AFAICS break binary compatibility.
IOW, GOT reference counting is the only one which works in the
context of current Debian MIPS.


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