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Old 06-27-2003, 10:53 AM   #1
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Hello Friends,

I m facing problem while running Kylix Application
Following are the details:

I had downloaded Speex (Audio Codec) Library and installed it on my Linux (RedHat 7.2) machine.It got installed properly and library files (,, got installed in /usr/lib directory. Now i had specified all include nd library paths in Kylix. When i use "speex.h" (part of speex audio codec library) in my source code then my program gets complied successfully. But when i run the same program i get linker error exception as follows

[linker error] Unresolved external 'speex_bits_init' referenced from xyz.o

Here xyz.o is one of my project file and 'speex_bits_init' is a function (part of speex library) and i using many other functions like this from same library. Now i guess problem is Kylix is unable to load the speex library. I also tried setting environment variables like LD_LIBRARY_PATH etc. Still facing problem with linker error.

Can anyone help me out and let me know how to solve this linker error problem. I would be greateful to you.

Thanx in advance.

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I don't have the greatest experience with linking to external libraries, but I'll give it a shot. From what I understand, setting LD_LIBRARY_PATH does not help except at runtime. You must manually tell the compiler to link the library in at compile-time. Take the math library for instance. Suppose I this source file:
#include <stdio.h>
#include <math.h>

int main()
  double value;
  double square_root;

  value = 16.0;

  square_root = sqrt(value);

  printf("The square root is: %f\n", value);
This command results in:
$ gcc -o do_sqrt do_sqrt.c
/tmp/ccmTGmHd.o: In function `main':
/tmp/ccmTGmHd.o(.text+0x28): undefined reference to `sqrt'
collect2: ld returned 1 exit status

Until I give the compiler the '-lm' command to link in the math library, it won't work. Similarly, I imagine you'll have to do something like:

gcc -o my_app -lspeex my_app.c

Again, I may be way off base, but that would seem logical to me.


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