[dpdk-dev] [PATCH v2 0/4] add static ibverbs in meson

Bruce Richardson bruce.richardson at intel.com
Tue Feb 4 15:33:14 CET 2020

On Tue, Feb 04, 2020 at 03:27:50PM +0100, Thomas Monjalon wrote:
> 04/02/2020 12:48, Bruce Richardson:
> > as we discussed offline, I really don't like the necessity of the
> > hidden_deps part of this, so I've tried coming up with some other
> > solutions.
> Thanks for looking closely at these patches.
> > For example, in my testing I get the same result with the
> > following diff instead of the second two patches (just showing for mlx5 -
> > changes for mlx4 are identical):
> [...]
> > -                       # Build without adding shared libs to Requires.private
> > -                       hidden_deps += lib.partial_dependency(compile_args:true)
> [...]
> > +       ibv_cflags = run_command(find_program('pkg-config'), '--cflags', 'libibverbs').stdout()
> [...]
> > By doing things this way - assuming it works in your tests too - we avoid
> > any need to change anything in the common drivers code.
> Yes, you hide the dependency by getting cflags directly with pkg-config.
> I wanted to avoid such solution because I was trying to use as much
> as possible the meson infrastructure.
> I think your solution relying on one more call to pkg-config is acceptable.
> I will test it and will review whether we get all corner cases.

It's not really ideal, but this is likely always going to be a bit flakey
since we can't use distro-supplied .a files, and your scripting is needed
to prevent even accidentally taking a non-custom-build rdma-core file.
Furthermore, I see that while meson tracks PKG_CONFIG_PATH value itself for
finding things, this does not get tracked between runs for shell calls.
This can catch one out, for example:

PKG_CONFIG_PATH=/path/to/pc/files meson build

will work correctly for everything. However, if one does a reconfigure
subsequently doing e.g. ninja reconfigure, meson will correctly pick up the
.pc files, but the ibverbs-static script, or any run_command calls to
pkg-config won't as it's not actually in the environment :-(

> In the meantime I discovered we are overlinking with meson
> when using the dlopen linking option.
> I will try to fix it as well with the same method.
Right. Overlinking is probably less serious an issue though. Does it cause
any real-world problems?


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