[webkit-dev] Exporting symbols (was Re: Common build system (was Re: WebKit Wishes))

Hajime Morrita morrita at chromium.org
Thu Jan 31 18:03:04 PST 2013

On Fri, Feb 1, 2013 at 10:39 AM, Ryosuke Niwa <rniwa at webkit.org> wrote:

> On Thu, Jan 31, 2013 at 5:20 PM, Hajime Morrita <morrita at chromium.org>wrote:
>> The history aside, I think it makes sense to use the export macro
>> specifically for Mac WebCore because
>> - As Eric mentioned, Currently only Mac and Win WebCore do WebCore/WebKit
>> separation.
>>   Other ports like GTK or Chromium build single "WebKit" library which
>> has both WebCore and WebKit API included.
>>   So we need to care about only Mac and Win for now.
>> - Mac WebKit has relatively comprehensive feature set. It covers most of
>> possibly exported symbols.
>> - The Windows toolchain allows us to use both export symbols list and
>> source-level annotation (the macro).
>>   Thus on Windows, we could use the Mac-centered export macro *and* an
>> export symbol list which covers Win-specific exports.
>>   This means that there are unused exports on Win build, but I believe it
>> is very few considering that Mac/Win ports has
>>   similar feature set, which targets Safari on each platform. (This might
>> be wrong assumption though - On Mac, there are
>>   many other WebKit embedder other than Safari.)
>> One exception is symbols exported for WebCoreTesting.
>> Fortunately, these symbols are exactly same across ports and we can use
>> another macro like
> Doesn't GTK+ port also require symbol exports for WebKit2? In particular,
> I thought all symbols used in Internals need to be exported there.

Ouch, I'm sorry for the unclear explanation.
This is what I meant say as "one exception" above. WebCoreTesting includes
Internals, which requires some exported symbols,
which could be (IMO) covered by WEBCORE_TESTING_EXPORT or some separate

> - R. Niwa
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