01/07/2020 17:16, Bruce Richardson:
> On Wed, Jul 01, 2020 at 04:42:33PM +0200, Thomas Monjalon wrote:
> > 30/06/2020 16:14, Bruce Richardson:
> > > When calling pkg-config --static --libs, pkg-config will always output the
> > > regular libs first, and then the extra libs from libraries.private field,
> > 
> > s/libraries.private/Libs.private/
> > 
> > > since the assumption is that those are additional dependencies for 
> > > building
> > > statically that the .a files depend upon.
> > > 
> > > However, for DPDK, we only link the driver files for static builds, and
> > > those need to come *before* the regular libraries. To get this result, we
> > > need two pkgconfig files for DPDK, one for the shared libs, and a second
> > > for the static libs and drivers, which depends upon the first. Using a
> > > dependency means that the shared libs are printed only after the
> > > libraries.private field rather than before.
> > 
> > s/libraries.private/Libs.private/
> > 
> > > Without this patch, the linking works in DPDK because in all cases we
> > > specify the libraries after the drivers in the Libs.private line, ensuring
> > > that the references to the libs from the drivers can be resolved. The
> > > current output is therefore of the form, "(shared)libs, drivers,
> > > (static)libs", while after this patch the output is, "drivers,
> > > (static)libs, (shared)libs". The former case will not work if we use the
> > > --whole-archive flag on the static libs as it will lead to duplicate
> > > definitions due to some references having been previously resolved from 
> > > the
> > > shared libraries. By ensuring the shared libraries come last in the link
> > > link, this issue does not occur, as duplicate references when linking the
> > > shared libs will be ignored.
> > > 
> > > Signed-off-by: Bruce Richardson <bruce.richard...@intel.com>
> > > Acked-by: Luca Boccassi <bl...@debian.org>
> > > Acked-by: Sunil Pai G <sunil.pa...@intel.com>
> > > ---
> > > +# When calling pkg-config --static --libs, pkg-config will always output 
> > > the
> > > +# regular libs first, and then the extra libs from libraries.private 
> > > field,
> > > +# since the assumption is that those are additional dependencies for 
> > > building
> > > +# statically that the .a files depend upon. However, for DPDK, we only 
> > > link
> > > +# the driver files for static builds, and those need to come *before* the
> > > +# regular libraries. To get this result, we need two pkgconfig files for 
> > > DPDK,
> > > +# one for the shared libs, and a second for the static libs and drivers, 
> > > which
> > > +# depends upon the first. Using a dependency means that the shared libs 
> > > are
> > > +# printed only after the libraries.private field rather than before.
> > 
> > This is not obvious. In order to avoid messing it up in future,
> > I suggest this longer reword:
> > 
> > # When calling pkg-config --static --libs, pkg-config will always output the
> > # regular libs first, and then the extra libs from Libs.private field,
> > # since the assumption is that those are additional dependencies for 
> > building
> > # statically that the .a files depend upon. The output order of .pc fields 
> > is:
> > #   Cflags   Libs   Libs.private   Requires   Requires.private
> > # The fields Requires* are for package names.
> > # The flags of the DPDK libraries must be defined in Libs* fields.
> > # However, the DPDK drivers are linked only in static builds (Libs.private),
> > # and those need to come *before* the regular libraries (Libs field).
> > # This requirement is satisfied by moving the regular libs in a separate 
> > file
> > # included in the field Requires (after Libs.private).
> > # Another requirement is to allow linking dependencies as shared libraries,
> > # while linking static DPDK libraries and drivers. It is satisfied by
> > # listing the static files in Libs.private with the explicit syntax 
> > -l:libfoo.a.
> > # As a consequence, the regular DPDK libraries are already listed as static
> > # in the field Libs.private. The second occurences of DPDK libraries,
> > # included from Requires and used for shared library linkage case,
> > # are skipped in the case of static linkage thanks to the flag --as-needed.
> > 
> > # Link order summary:
> > #   libdpdk.Libs.private: whole-archive(static drivers/libs), drivers deps 
> > flags
> > #   libdpdk.Requires: libdpdk-libs package
> > #   libdpdk-libs.Libs: as-needed(shared libs)
> > #   libdpdk-libs.Libs.private: libs deps flags
> > #   libdpdk.pc.Requires.private: deps packages
> > 
> > 
> > If you agree, I could change this comment while merging.
> > I would add my Signed-off ;)
> >
> 
> This seems generally ok, but probably should just be added as part of patch
> #7 when all parts of the above have been applied.
> 
> Couple of comments:
> * One small nit is that cflags are not output as part of the --libs call, so
> you can remove them from the list on line 5 of the comment. They aren't
> really relevant to this comment/essay.

Yes, I will remove Cflags.

> * I find the link-order summary to actually be more confusing than helpful.
> I think the text block is explanatory enough. It just confuses things
> introducing the extra details of what goes in the requires-private or
> libs-private of the libdpdk.pc file. That's just regular stuff, unrelated
> to the changes or to DPDK special-case of needing private libs first.

The intent of this summary was to help navigating
for future changes in this area.
Personnaly it helps me, but it is maybe more a developer note
that can be deduced from the rest.
I can remove it.


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