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From: Nicolas Cannasse <warplayer@f...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] ocamlc linking loads dlls?
> > Why does ocamlc load dlls during linking?
>
> Just to make sure that all external C functions referenced from your
> Caml code are indeed defined in the DLLs you provide.  Otherwise, the
> error would only be detected at run time, and earlier is better.
>
> > a) dlls that aren't in the path during build, and
> > b) dlls that do complex stuff in their dllmain.
>
> I agree b) is a bit of a problem, but I don't know of any portable way
> to test whether DLL x.dll defines symbol "foo" than to link x.dll and
> query the address of "foo".

That point can be resolved by calling LoadLibraryEx with the
DONT_RESOLVE_DLL_REFERENCE flag.
According to MS docs, this prevent the call of DllMain.

Nicolas Cannasse

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