[Mono-list] Question about the lifetime of libraries loaded by a p/invoke
robertj at gmx.net
Mon Jul 21 18:56:58 EDT 2008
Maser, Dan wrote:
> The simple question is this: When a .dll or .so is loaded by the
> framework as the result of a p/invoke is that library guarenteed to stay
> loaded for the duration of the hosting process? Or can the framework
> unload the dll if it wants to? Is there anything in a spec that
> indicates a standard behavior? I've been trying to get this from the
> microsoft documentation but I can't seem to find anything.
On MS.NET and Mono, P/Invoke libraries are treated like a compile
time assembly reference and are never unloaded.
If you want to unload native libraries you have to handle them
with the machinery provided by the OS (dlopen, dlclose, LoadLibrary,
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