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[perl #122550] Impossible to detect perl CFLAGS and LDFLAGS for cross-compilation of plugins

John Spencer
August 20, 2014 16:17
[perl #122550] Impossible to detect perl CFLAGS and LDFLAGS for cross-compilation of plugins
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This is a bug report for perl from,
generated with the help of perlbug 1.39 running under perl 5.16.3.

[Please describe your issue here]

due to lack of pkg-config files, it's impossible to find out the
right CFLAGS and LDFLAGS to add when trying to cross-compile software
that uses perl plugins and intends to link against libperl.

after several hours of searching the documentation/web, the only 
vendor-provided way to query the required flags I found is:

perl -MExtUtils::Embed -e ccopts
perl -MExtUtils::Embed -e ldopts

however those can only be used for the host installation.
for a cross-compiled perl, the target perl binary cannot even be
executed on the host.
By invoking the host perl with those flags, cross-compilation will
break trying to include host headers and libraries which are typically
built for a different architecture.
Since libperl.a/.so reside in a customized subdir in /var or /lib,
there's no canonical path to add so -lperl could be found.

Suggested fix:
either provide a pkg-config (.pc) together with perl, installed into
the standard pkg-config path; or
create a symlink of libperl.a and the directory containing perl.h in the 
canonical lib and include dirs.
so $prefix/lib/libperl.a -> $prefix/lib/perl5/core_perl/CORE/libperl.a
and $prefix/include/perl -> $prefix/lib/perl5/core_perl/CORE
(note that the exact path lib/perl5/core_perl/CORE/ depends on user-chosen
settings during perl compilation.)

But TBH perl should just supply a .pc file like anyone else does.
the pkg-config format is well-documented, understood, and widely supported.
there are even several available implementation, for example the BSD-
licensed "pkgconf". pkgconf and pkg-config support cross-compilation
out of the box using the PKG_CONFIG_SYSROOT_DIR environment variable.

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Site configuration information for perl 5.16.3:

Configured by root at Wed Nov  6 14:51:20 UTC 2013.

Summary of my perl5 (revision 5 version 16 subversion 3) configuration:

     osname=linux, osvers=3.11.6, archname=x86_64-linux
     uname='linux sabotage 3.11.6 #1 smp sun oct 27 00:36:15 utc 2013 
x86_64 gnulinux '
     config_args='-des -Accflags=-D_GNU_SOURCE -D_BSD_SOURCE -fPIC 
-fdata-sections -ffunction-sections -Os -g0 -fno-unwind-tables 
-fno-asynchronous-unwind-tables -Wa,--noexecstack -ftree-dce 
-Aldflags=-s -Wl,--gc-sections -Wl,-z,relro,-z,now -Dprefix=/ 
-Dvendorprefix=/ -Dinstallprefix= -Dprivlib=//lib/perl5/core_perl 
-Darchlib=//lib/perl5/core_perl -Dsitelib=//lib/perl5/site_perl 
-Dsitearch=//lib/perl5/site_perl -Dvendorlib=//lib/perl5/vendor_perl 
-Dvendorarch=//lib/perl5/vendor_perl -Dscriptdir=//bin 
-Dsitescript=//bin -Dvendorscript=//bin -Dinc_version_list=none 
-Dman1dir=//share/man/man1perl -Dman1ext=1perl 
-Dman3dir=//share/man/man3perl -Dman3ext=3perl'
     hint=recommended, useposix=true, d_sigaction=define
     useithreads=undef, usemultiplicity=undef
     useperlio=define, d_sfio=undef, uselargefiles=define, usesocks=undef
     use64bitint=define, use64bitall=define, uselongdouble=undef
     usemymalloc=n, bincompat5005=undef
     cc='cc', ccflags ='-D_GNU_SOURCE -D_BSD_SOURCE -fPIC 
-fdata-sections -ffunction-sections -Os -g0 -fno-unwind-tables 
-fno-asynchronous-unwind-tables -Wa,--noexecstack -ftree-dce 
-fno-strict-aliasing -pipe -D_LARGEFILE_SOURCE -D_FILE_OFFSET_BITS=64',
     cppflags='-D_GNU_SOURCE -D_BSD_SOURCE -fPIC -fdata-sections 
-ffunction-sections -Os -g0 -fno-unwind-tables 
-fno-asynchronous-unwind-tables -Wa,--noexecstack -ftree-dce 
-fno-strict-aliasing -pipe'
     ccversion='', gccversion='4.7.3', gccosandvers=''
     intsize=4, longsize=8, ptrsize=8, doublesize=8, byteorder=12345678
     d_longlong=define, longlongsize=8, d_longdbl=define, longdblsize=16
     ivtype='long', ivsize=8, nvtype='double', nvsize=8, Off_t='off_t', 
     alignbytes=8, prototype=define
   Linker and Libraries:
     ld='cc', ldflags =' -s -Wl,--gc-sections -Wl,-z,relro,-z,now'
     libpth=/lib /usr/lib
     libs=-lgdbm -ldb -ldl -lm -lcrypt -lutil -lc -lpthread
     perllibs=-ldl -lm -lcrypt -lutil -lc -lpthread
     libc=/lib/, so=so, useshrplib=false, libperl=libperl.a
   Dynamic Linking:
     dlsrc=dl_dlopen.xs, dlext=so, d_dlsymun=undef, ccdlflags='-Wl,-E'
     cccdlflags='-fPIC', lddlflags='-shared -O2'

Locally applied patches:

@INC for perl 5.16.3:

Environment for perl 5.16.3:
     LANG (unset)
     LANGUAGE (unset)
     LD_LIBRARY_PATH (unset)
     LOGDIR (unset)
     PERL_BADLANG (unset)
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