GNC_MODULE_PATH loaded twice

Geert Janssens janssens-geert at
Mon Oct 11 15:02:44 EDT 2010

On Monday 11 October 2010, John Ralls wrote:
> On Oct 11, 2010, at 3:11 AM, Geert Janssens wrote:
> > I've been doing some code reading in the gnc_module code.
> >
> > I've found that at some point the paths in environment variable
> > GNC_MODULE_PATH are appended to the environment variable LD_LIBRARY_PATH.
> > This happens somewhere early in the gnc_module initialization [1].
> >
> > However at the time the gnc_module code is run GNC_MODULE_PATH has
> > already been added to LD_LIBRARY_PATH. On linux and compatibles this
> > happens as a result of parsing the environment configuration file [2].
> > Mac OS X/Quartz uses gnucash-launcher (if built from source) or the
> > startup script inside the bundle. The Windows build currently doesn't
> > even use GNC_MODULE_PATH anymore.
> >
> > I guess the code in gnc_module is from the early days, when GnuCash only
> > ran on linux. But I don't think it has any effect anymore. At least OS X
> > and Windows don't use LD_LIBRARY_PATH to find shared libraries and in all
> > cases the proper variables have been set up already.
> >
> > So unless I am overlooking something, I'd like to remove the
> > LD_LIBRARY_PATH modifying code from gnc_module altogether. To keep things
> > simple.
> >
> > Any objections ?
> None from me. I'd think that having more than one place to look for
>  gnucash's loadable modules would slow things down and potentially cause
>  trouble (like what Dave Reiser is experiencing). (DY)LD_LIBRARY_PATH is
>  for loading shared libraries... which might be pulled in by a loadable
>  module, of course, but the shared libraries should live in lib, while the
>  loadables should live in lib/foo (lib/gnucash in our case).
You even imply more than I intended. If I understand your reasoning correctly, 
(DY)LD_LIBRARY_PATH should contain paths for shared libraries only, while 
GnuCash' loadable modules should be in a directory that's NOT in 
GnuCash effectively has all of its loadable modules in lib/gnucash. This is 
what GNC_MODULE_PATH is set to by default.
So to follow your reasoning, GNC_MODULE_PATH should not even be added to 
(DY)LD_LIBRARY_PATH ever ? Not in the gnc_module code, nor in the launcher 
scripts ?


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