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Suppport soname for cdylibs #5045

kornelski opened this Issue Feb 15, 2018 · 1 comment


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kornelski commented Feb 15, 2018

rustc supports setting soname via -C link-arg. However, it can't be used from Cargo, since RUSTFLAGS affects all invocations of the compiler, and it could potentially set soname on dependencies.

Some previous discussions about soname support were dismissed based on the fact that Rust's native ABI is not stable. That is not relevant for cdylibs, because the C ABI exposed by cdylibs is stable.

I'm interested in using this feature in cargo-deb. soname is required to build first-class Linux libraries (e.g. for Debian) with Rust.

I think it'd be wonderful if Cargo automatically set soname of cdylib to semver-major when version is >= 1.0.0 (i.e. don't set any for 0.x.x), since soname and semver-major promise basically the same thing. However, a separate Cargo.toml field, command line flag, or env var would work as well.


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gibix commented May 23, 2018

I'm interested for the same reason of @kornelski to be able to cross-compile rust libs on gentoo.

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