[PATCH] dinput: Mark internal symbols as hidden

Chris Robinson chris.kcat at gmail.com
Fri Apr 29 12:48:58 CDT 2011

On Friday, April 29, 2011 7:18:47 AM Marcus Meissner wrote:
> If they are not declared hidden, the -fPIC compile generates PLT
> relocations for those symbols, even if they are internal to the dll (the
> compiler does not know what to export during our build).
> With the hidden attribute these get turned into just relative calls or
> simpler relocations.

Wouldn't it be better to compile with -fvisibility=hidden, then? Default to 
hidden, then explicitly mark the functions that can be exported from the .so 
(if Wine even needs PE exports to have "default" visibilty; I don't think it 
does). Functions that are *never* called from outside the module may be better 
marked as "internal":

"Internal visibility is like hidden visibility, but with additional processor 
specific semantics. Unless otherwise specified by the psABI, GCC defines 
internal visibility to mean that a function is never called from another 
module. Compare this with hidden functions which, while they cannot be 
referenced directly by other modules, can be referenced indirectly via 
function pointers. By indicating that a function cannot be called from outside 
the module, GCC may for instance omit the load of a PIC register since it is 
known that the calling function loaded the correct value."

FWIW, you can even mark COM functions as "hidden". As noteded above, hidden 
functions can still be called from the outside (through function pointers, 
like vtables), they just aren't able to be directly referenced.

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