[erlang-questions] Error from on_load function of NIF module

Sverker Eriksson <>
Thu Jan 7 18:29:33 CET 2016



On 01/07/2016 04:50 PM, Abhishek Singh wrote:
> I was able to overcome this error by copying macro statements from 
> below link:
>
> https://github.com/couchbase/couchdb/blob/master/src/couchdb/priv/couch_ejson_compare/couch_ejson_compare.c#L486-L493
>
#ifndef _MSC_VER
#if defined (__SUNPRO_C) && (__SUNPRO_C >= 0x550)
__global
#elif defined __GNUC__
__attribute__ ((visibility("default")))
#endif

#endif
ERL_NIF_INIT(...)

> Not sure what exactly it does, would be useful if somebody could throw 
> some light on it.
>


My guess is the .so file is linked with option -fvisibility=hidden
which according to the gcc man page "...can very substantially improve
linking and load times of shared object libraries, produce more 
optimized code,
provide near-perfect API export and prevent symbol clashes".

That is, all symbols are made hidden by default and the above macro cludge
makes an exception for the "nif_init" function that needs to be visible.

I will see if I can incorporate that into the ERL_NIF_INIT macro.


/Sverker, Erlang/OTP


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