[racket] policy on providing version for ffi-lib

From: Danny Yoo (dyoo at cs.wpi.edu)
Date: Mon May 2 19:20:54 EDT 2011

I notice that Sqlite's library is usually installed as
'libsqlite3.so.0' on a user's system, but the sqlite PLaneT package:


appears to assume that the library is named libsqlite3.so.  J G Cho
ran across this a week or so ago
(http:[email protected]/msg05318.html)  and
I ran across the same issue this afternoon.

I guess it's easy to "fix" this by creating a dynamic link, but I
don't think this is the right solution.  According to section 3.1.1 of
the Program Library HOWTO:


the expectation is that FFI library writers should be linking to the
"soname", not the "linker" name.  To fix this for the sqllite bindings
in particular, the call to ffi-lib in the bindings file
("sqllite-ffi.rkt") needs to provide the version number, from

    (define sqlite (ffi-lib "libsqlite3"))


    (define sqlite (ffi-lib "libsqlite3" "0"))

The default policy for ffi-lib, however, is to use the linker name
convention if no second argument is passed to ffi-lib:


which seems to encourage this confusion.  Can the documentation to
ffi-lib be revised to more vigorously encourage the use of the version

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