Statically linking shared libraries for cross compilation

  • I am having problems with cross compiling Qt for an external embedded board. I managed to fix several missing dependencies by switching to static compilation, but doing this did not include, which is causing problems still.

    Here are things I have tried:

    1. Adding the -static flag while building Qt
    2. Adding the -static-runtime flag while building Qt
    3. Adding CONFIG += static to my .pro file
    4. Adding CONFIG += staticlib to my .pro file
    5. Adding QMAKE_LFLAGS += -static-libstdc++ to my .pro file
    6. Adding LIBS += -L/opt/Xilinx/SDK/2015.4/arm/lin/libc/usr/lib/ -lstdc++ to my .pro file
    7. Adding LIBS += /opt/Xilinx/SDK/2015.4/arm/lin/libc/usr/lib/libstdc++.a to my .pro file

    None of these things have statically linked the library, when I try to use the executable on my target platform it still fails due to the missing .so

    Can someone explain how to static link in a QtCreator project?

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    You don't, you have to first compile libstdc++ statically before you can do that.

    From the looks of it, it seems that your target sysroot is missing libraries. You should take the time to look into that.

  • @SGaist In the location where I have on my build computer I also have libstdc++.a, is that not the static version? Since I already seem to have that, how do I get Qt to use it instead of the .so.6?

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    IIRC, if the linker finds both the static and dynamic version in the same folder, it will use the dynamic.

    You can try to pass -Bstatic -lstdc++ or use the full path. You'll have to modify the mkspec you are using to build Qt. You should even consider copying it and give it a new name so you ensure that you can still choose the original when needed.

  • OK, I will try the -Bstatic suggestion.

    Could you elaborate on what you mean by modify the mkspec?

    Additionally, your other suggestion was to use the full path of the static library. The 7th thing I listed in my original post was to add: LIBS += /opt/Xilinx/SDK/2015.4/arm/lin/libc/usr/lib/libstdc++.a to my .pro file, is that not the correct syntax?

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    Take a looks at the mkspecs folder in Qt's sources.

    It's the set of configuration Qt uses.

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