Winelib Program with DLL problem

Dmitry Timoshkov dmitry at
Thu Dec 25 21:03:33 CST 2003

"Kevin Atkinson" <kevina at> wrote:

> That is a heck of a lot of work to link with a DLL that is not compiled 
> with an exports table.

I don't understand you. If a DLL exports something (i.e. has a not zero
export directory in the PE header), then it definitely has an export table.

> Furthermore, when I use an exports table (ie compile with /def in VC++) 
> mingw has problems linking with the DLL.  It could be that I need to pass 
> in special options.  Simply including the ".lib" file as a link object is 
> not enough.

MinGW (or rather Windows ld port) has its own heuristics for resolving
symbols in external libraries. So, just stick to rules and read its
documentation. I have an old dllhelpers-0.2.6.tar.gz addon for MinGW with
samples how to use DLLs with MinGW, you could find something similar
on the net.

I'd say that the key of your problems is a bug in MS linker which exports
decorated API names. That's similar to an attempt to link against a DLL
with C++ style decorated exports created by a compiler from another vendor.

> It seams rather strange that wine has so much problems linking with a DLL 
> not compiled with an exports table.  Am I the first one who attempted 
> this.

Probably. Don't forget: Wine is alpha software. Every your contribution
makes it better, as it has become much better with the help of many other


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