Monthly Archive: January 2012

Jan 19

Update and benchmark on the dynamic library proposals

My last blog on the dynamic libraries on Linux attracted over 15000 visits, which was quite unexpected (it’s 15x more than the usual traffic). It got linked from reddit and ycombinator and comments there and in the previous post have raised some interesting questions I’ll try to answer. LD_PRELOAD First, a quck background: LD_PRELOAD and …

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Jan 16

Sorry state of dynamic libraries on Linux

Last week, we identified a bug in Qt with Olivier‘s new signal-slot syntax. Upon further investigation, it turns out it’s not a Qt issue, but an ABI one. Which prompted me to investigate more and decide that dynamic libraries need a big overhaul on Linux. tl;dr (a.k.a. Executive Summary) Shared libraries on Linux are linked …

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Jan 13

Qt temperatures drop from January to June

I’ve previously talked about how the Qt 5 Winter is coming. Since we started talking about that, people have begun asking what are the date limits for each thing, when the API would freeze, when Qt 5.0 would be stable, when we’d release, etc. This blog tries to answer that a little. Last month, we …

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Jan 10

Architectures and ABIs detailed

Yesterday I wrote about instruction set and ABI manuals. Today I’d like to go into details about the ABIs I listed there. This was done mostly as a summary for me: it’s tiresome to search for the information in the manuals, especially since some of the manuals are PDFs without links. For example, I never …

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Jan 09

Assembly developer’s library

Every now and then, when coding in C++, I find myself needing to know some assembly to understand what’s going on. Sometimes, it’s because I am actually writing assembly code, such as when I was writing the new atomic classes for Qt. More often, it’s because I need to read the assembly generated by the …

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