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It took me some seven days to compile and successfully link DBI::Sybase1.08 against Sybase OCS15 on Mingw / Windows Vista. I would surely share my trick, it is really difficult to link sybase libraries using Mingw. If I link on VC8, it is linked to msvcr80.dll. It fails to load because of windows side by side dll installation.

So I tried to link using free Mingw, it links with msvcrt.dll. Downloaded mingw, binutils, unix utils ( and nmake from VC8\bin.

I followed the articles at:

And created my own libraries out of %sybase%\dll\*

Step1: Create the following sed file, call it exp.sed

/ \t*ordinal hint/,/^ \t*Summary/{
/^ \t\+0-9\+/{
s/^ \t\+0-9\+ \t\+0-9A-Fa-f\+ \t\+0-9A-Fa-f\+ \t\+\(.*\)/\1/p

Step2: Create following batch file, call it genlib.bat
echo LIBRARY %1.dll > %1.def
echo EXPORTS >> %1.def
link -dump -exports %1.dll | sed -nf c:\temp\DBD-Sybase-1.08\exports.sed >> %1.def
dlltool -U -d %1.def -l %1.a

Step3: go to %sybase%\dll and run the following loop (type it on dos prompt and press enter)

for /f %i in ('dir /b *.dll') do a %~ni & move /Y %~ni.a ..\lib\ & del %~ni.def
Go to DBD-Sybase-1.08 directory, edit, change libct to libsybct.a etc .. and run nmake it compiles and links correctly, but all the tests fail!!!

# Tried to use 'DBD::Sybase'.
# Error: Can't load 'C:\temp\DBD-Sybase-1.08\blib\arch/auto/DBD/Sybase/Sybase.dll' for module DBD::Sybase: load_file:The specified procedure could not be found at C:/Perl/lib/ line 201.

So I tried again to debug:
Went to "DBD-Sybase-1.08\blib\arch\auto\DBD\Sybase"
and issued "link -dump -exports Sybase.dll"

The following dump clearly shows there aren't any methods exported. It seems the __declspec(export) is not evaluated by some preprocessor macro during compilation.

Dump of file Sybase.dll File Type: DLL Section contains the following exports for dll.exp.dll 00000000 characteristics 47FAA9E4 time date stamp Tue Apr 08 00:10:28 2008 0.00 version 1 ordinal base 2 number of functions 2 number of names ordinal hint RVA name 2 0 00006130 _boot_DBD__Sybase 1 1 00006130 boot_DBD__Sybase Summary 1000 .bss 1000 .data 1000 .edata 2000 .idata 5000 .rdata 1000 .reloc 16000 .text

Michael could you please help me, here?


In reply to Re^2: Re4: DBD::Sybase with Sybase 15.0 by goga
in thread DBD::Sybase with Sybase 15.0 by vcdmb

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