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[Mingw-cross-env-list] Linking statically

From: Daniel Stonier
Subject: [Mingw-cross-env-list] Linking statically
Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2011 11:38:44 +0900

Hi all,

I may be missing something here as its the first time Ive tried much
in the way of static linking and have some confusion about static
linking in the mingw cross environment - specifically with regards to
generated .la files.


I've cross-compiled three libraries, libapr, libaprutil and liblog4cxx
with the mingw cross compiler. They have successfully installed both
.a and .la files in the mingw cross environment.


#include <iostream>
#include <log4cxx/logger.h>

int main() {
    std::cout << "dude" << std::endl;

    log4cxx::LoggerPtr my_logger = log4cxx::Logger::getLogger("DudeLogger");
    return 0;


> i686-pc-mingw32-g++ -o dude.exe main.o -llog4cxx

This fails with undefined references everywhere. Now if I add in all
the underlying static libs, it works.

> i686-pc-mingw32-g++ -o dude.exe main.o -llog4cxx -laprutil-1 -lapr-1 -lexpat 
> -liconv -lrpcrt4 -lshell32 -lws2_32 -ladvapi32 -lkernel32 -lmsvcrt

No problem. My question is, wasn't libtool supposed to use the .la
files to automatically find and reference these underlying libs? Is
there a syntax to get it to do so?

Daniel Stonier.

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