Re: Solaris/g++ linking problems

Paul Pluzhnikov <>
7 Sep 2004 23:50:08 -0400

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From: Paul Pluzhnikov <>
Newsgroups: comp.compilers
Date: 7 Sep 2004 23:50:08 -0400
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References: 04-09-027
Keywords: C++, linker
Posted-Date: 07 Sep 2004 23:50:08 EDT (Tim Slattery) writes:

> I suspect that g++ uses a different name mangling convention than the
> Sun compiler that created the *.so files.

You bet. In general, object files compiled with different C++
compilers are not link-compatible, and the different mangling schemes
are used to make sure nobody can succeed in linking such objects

You've been saved: had you succeeded in linking, you'd be likely
looking at a runtime crash, which would have been much harder to
debug, especially without the source to the library.

> Is there anything that can convert the *.so files into
> something that I can use?

No. But you can ask the vendor to supply you with a g++-linkable
version of the library. Be sure to ask for specific g++ version,
as object layout (and link compatibility) has changed between
g++-2.95.x, 3.0, 3.1, and 3.2 (AFAIK).

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