eolian: Add -e parameter to pass export symbol to eolian generator

Authored by felipealmeida on Dec 4 2020, 5:27 AM.


eolian: Add -e parameter to pass export symbol to eolian generator

Eolian generator must have a parameter so it can generate the correct
symbol export/import macro for the API generated.

This makes it possible to define the symbols as being local to a
single DSO without the need to guard the generated headers or
generated source files with #define and #undef preprocessor

The Rationale

This patch is from a series of patches to rename EAPI symbols to
specific library DSOs.

EAPI was designed to be able to pass
__attribute__ ((visibility ("default"))) for symbols with
GCC, which would mean that even if -fvisibility=hidden was used
when compiling the library, the needed symbols would get exported.

MSVC almost works like GCC (or mingw) in which you can
declare everything as export and it will just work (slower, but
it will work). But there's a caveat: global variables will not
work the same way for MSVC, but works for mingw and GCC.

For global variables (as opposed to functions), MSVC requires
correct DSO visibility for MSVC: instead of declaring a symbol as
export for everything, you need to declare it as import when
importing from another DSO and export when defining it locally.

With current EAPI definitions, we get the following example
working in mingw and MSVC (observe it doesn't define any global
variables as exported symbols).

Example 1:

EAPI void foo(void);

EAPI void bar()


EAPI void foo()
  printf ("foo\n");

This works fine with API defined as __declspec(dllexport) in both
cases and for gcc defining as

However, the following:
Example 2:


EAPI extern int foo;
EAPI void foobar(void);

EAPI void bar()
  foo = 5;


EAPI int foo = 0;
EAPI void foobar()
  printf ("foo %d\n", foo);

This will work on mingw but will not work for MSVC. And that's why
LIBAPI is the only solution that works for MSVC.

Co-authored-by: João Paulo Taylor Ienczak Zanette <jpaulotiz@gmail.com>
Co-authored-by: Lucas Cavalcante de Sousa <lucks.sousa@gmail.com>
Co-authored-by: Ricardo Campos <ricardo.campos@expertise.dev>

Reviewers: q66, vtorri, woohyun, jptiz, lucas

Reviewed By: vtorri, lucas

Subscribers: cedric, reviewers, committers

Tags: efl

Differential Revision: https://phab.enlightenment.org/D12197


felipealmeidaDec 4 2020, 5:35 AM
Differential Revision
D12197: eolian: Add -e parameter to pass export symbol to eolian generator
rEFL650578b57368: evas - fix build on bigendian