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Subject: [OMPI devel] mca_PROJECT_FRAMEWORK_COMPONENT_symbol vs. mca_FRAMEWORK_COMPONENT_symbol
From: Dave Goodell (dgoodell) (dgoodell_at_[hidden])
Date: 2014-07-30 17:34:57


Jeff and I were talking about some namespacing issues that have come up in the recent BTL move from OMPI to OPAL. AFAIK, the current system for namespacing external symbols is to name them "mca_FRAMEWORK_COMPONENT_symbol" (e.g., "mca_btl_tcp_add_procs" in the tcp BTL). Similarly, the DSO for the component is named "mca_FRAMEWORK_COMPONENT.so" (e.g., "mca_btl_tcp.so").

Jeff asserted that the eventual goal is to move to a system where all MCA frameworks/components are also prefixed by the project name. So the above examples become "mca_ompi_btl_tcp_add_procs" and "mca_ompi_btl_tcp.so". Does anyone actually care about pursuing this goal?

I ask because if nobody wants to pursue the goal of adding project names to namespaces then I already have an easy solution to most of our namespacing problems. OTOH, if someone does wish to pursue that goal, then I have a namespace-related RFC that I would like to propose (in a subsequent email).

-Dave