BL51: NOT FINDING SOME FUNCTIONS IN LIBRARIES
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The linker is not finding some functions in my libraries.
In main.c, I have a call to foo(). foo() calls bar().
foo() is in library foo.lib.
bar() is in library bar.lib.
I run the linker from the command line:
BL51 main.obj, bar.lib, foo.lib
I get these messages:
*** WARNING 1: UNRESOLVED EXTERNAL SYMBOL SYMBOL: BAR MODULE: FOO.LIB (FOO) *** WARNING 2: REFERENCE MADE TO UNRESOLVED EXTERNAL SYMBOL: BAR MODULE: FOO.LIB (FOO) ADDRESS: 0014H
The linker processes files in the order you specify them. From library files, it takes only those modules required to satisfy unresolved external references it has already encountered.
In this example, when the linker reads bar.lib there have been no references to bar(), so the linker does not link bar() into the program. When it reads foo.lib, it is able to resolve the reference to foo(). Since foo() calls bar(), this creates a reference to bar(). The linker does not backtrack to reprocess library files it has already read, so this reference to bar() is never resolved.
There are two ways to solve this problem:
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Last Reviewed: Saturday, July 9, 2005
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