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Author Topic: How to compile a program to not need any external dll and bpl files  (Read 11098 times)

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How to compile a BCB program to not need any external dll and bpl files:

When you compile a program in BCB or Delphi that you intend to share or distribute, you either want to include a bunch of required bpl and dll runtime library files, or indicate that the program should compile these into the main program.

Compiling these in will result in a bigger but more portable executable.

There are 2 things you need to set in your project.

  • First, go to the project properties dialog, click on the Linker tab, and UNCHECK the "Use dynamic RTL" checkbox.
  • Second, click on the Packages tab, and UNCHECK the "Build with runtime packages" checkbox at the bottom.

It may also be important to:
  • Third, click on the CodeGuard tab, and UNCHECK the "CodeGruard Validation" checkbox.
« Last Edit: July 26, 2006, 06:35:09 PM by mouser »

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Re: How to compile a program to not need any external dll and bpl files
« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2006, 02:48:47 AM »
Also remember to verify You have been successful with
Dependency walker for example:

http://www.dependencywalker.com/

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Re: How to compile a program to not need any external dll and bpl files
« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2006, 02:52:19 AM »
great link c++speaker! i'm going to blog it in fact.

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Re: How to compile a program to not need any external dll and bpl files
« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2006, 05:02:20 AM »
I would personally recommend *against* this static linkage - it gives extreme code bloat, makes it impossible for processes to share the memory-hit of the runtime, etc.

Yes, it's a little more bother to redistribute the runtimes, but it's worth it. At the very least offer both static and dynamic linked versions...
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Re: How to compile a program to not need any external dll and bpl files
« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2006, 07:02:07 AM »
I don't want to bring things off topic but I've a question related to distributing runtimes along with a program:- Will you always get the advantage of processes being able to share DLLs or those it only work if the DLLs are placed in the System directory?

I ask because I noticed recently on my PC that I’ve an awful lot of programs with contain say msvcr71.dll or equally popular ones within their own directories. Does windows spot that all these copies are identical and shares the memory or is each one loaded seperatly?

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Re: How to compile a program to not need any external dll and bpl files
« Reply #5 on: July 27, 2006, 10:10:12 AM »
I don't want to bring things off topic but I've a question related to distributing runtimes along with a program:- Will you always get the advantage of processes being able to share DLLs or those it only work if the DLLs are placed in the System directory?

I'm afraid it will only share files that have the same image path (whether that be %SYSTEMROOT%\System32, or "common files") - but it's an interesting question and I don't have the definitive answer for that. Somebody should ask the sysinternals guys :)
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