[freetds] iconv identifier redefinition, iconv plug mode

Isak Johnsson isak at hypergene.com
Tue Apr 6 16:15:05 EDT 2004


I've run into the iconv problems you touched upon a while ago 
(http://lists.ibiblio.org/pipermail/freetds/2004q1/015433.html). I've 
digged a little bit more into it, maybe this can be of some help...

Out of the box, it doesn't work...

$ cd freetds-0.63.dev.20040405
$ ./configure --enable-msdblib --with-iodbc=/ --with-tdsver=8.0
$ make
gcc -DHAVE_CONFIG_H -I. -I. -I../../include -I../../include 
-D_REENTRANT -D_THREAD_SAFE -DDEBUG=1 -Wall -Wstrict-prototypes 
-Wmissing-prototypes -Wno-long-long -g -O2 -MT token.lo -MD -MP -MF 
.deps/token.Tpo -c token.c  -fno-common -DPIC -o .libs/token.o
token.c: In function `tds7_get_data_info':
token.c:1426: error: structure has no member named `libiconv'

The cause is apparently these lines in the system iconv.h file:

#define iconv libiconv
extern size_t iconv (iconv_t cd, const char* * inbuf, size_t 
*inbytesleft, char* * outbuf, size_t *outbytesleft);

This can be used to work around the compilation problem:

$ ./configure --enable-msdblib --with-iodbc=/ --with-tdsver=8.0
$ make

...but it doesn't feel like the "right" way... The iconv homepage says 

	This library can be built and installed in two variants:
		• 	 The library mode. This works on all systems, and uses a library  
libiconv.so and a header file <iconv.h>. (Both are installed  through 
"make install".)
		• 	 The libc plug/override mode. This works on GNU/Linux, Solaris and 
OSF/1  systems only.
			It is a way to get good iconv support without having  glibc-2.1.  It 
installs a library
			libiconv_plug.so. This library can be used with  LD_PRELOAD, to 
override the
			iconv* functions present in the C library.

To me, it sounds like the first method is the way to go. But the 
workaround above seemingly uses the second, or maybe a mix of the two.

It looks quite dangerous to redefine the identifier 'iconv' in the 
header file, as they are doing, but I guess there is some thought 
behind it. Can FreeTDS take some action to remedy this? Such as 
undef-ing iconv right after the include directive, or using another 
name for the member...

BTW, how come this have stopped working? It must have been working once?


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