[Trilinos-Users] Space-separated TPLs link options

Alberto F. Martín-Huertas amartin at cimne.upc.edu
Tue Jul 5 03:09:34 MDT 2011

 Dear Brendt,

 thanks for your thorough explanation.
 I followed the most robust work
 around (i.e., reliance on the Trilinos_EXTRA_LINK_FLAGS
 variable) and it worked.

 Best regards,

 On Thu, 30 Jun 2011 22:26:24 +0000, Perschbacher, Brent M wrote:
> Hello Alberto,
>   This is one of the more interesting issues that we've run into with
> libraries. MKL unfortunately has circular dependencies in some of its
> libraries, and generally that is not something we support largely 
> because of
> the issues that are caused by those kinds of dependencies. There have 
> been a
> couple of workarounds, one of which it looks like you are trying to 
> use.
> However, that particular work around has side effects that cause the 
> export
> systems (cmake or makefile) to not work properly. If you aren't using 
> either
> of the export systems then you should be able to get working simply 
> by
> quoting the $BLAS_LIB shell variable when you use it. ie:
> This will fix the issues with the spaces that are in BLAS_LIB.
> A more robust work around is to set the libraries similar to what you 
> have,
> only in a cmake way. The following is a snippet from a configure 
> script
> using MKL
> -DTPL_LAPACK_LIBRARIES:STRING="$MKL_PATH/libmkl_lapack95_lp64.a" \
> -DTPL_BLAS_LIBRARIES:STRING="$MKL_PATH/libmkl_intel_lp64.a;$MKL_PATH/libmkl_
> sequential.a;$MKL_PATH/libmkl_core.a" \
> -DTrilinos_EXTRA_LINK_FLAGS:STRING="-L$MKL_PATH -lmkl_intel_lp64
> -Wl,--start-group -lmkl_intel_thread -lmkl_core -Wl,--end-group 
> -lguide
> -lpthread" \
> Where $MKL_PATH was the path to where MKL had been installed on this 
> machine
> This version is slightly more cumbersome because of the reliance on 
> the
> Trilinos_EXTRA_LINK_FLAGS variable, however as I recall this method 
> did not
> cause problems with the export system since the TPL_BLAS_LIBRARIES 
> variable
> was set to actual libraries and not options to pass to the linker. 
> Instead
> the options that had to be passed to the linker were instead put in
> The root of the problem is the -Wl,--start-group ... -Wl,--end-group 
> that is
> required by MKL. Our tpl system was not designed to support tpls that
> require options to the linker to be intermingled with their 
> libraries. You
> can put them in the TPL_<name>_LIBRARIES variable and have it work 
> for
> building Trilinos, but that is only because when that variable is set 
> we
> take that to mean "use exactly what we've been told" and when it is 
> passed
> to the linker it tends to work out. However, when we use those 
> variables
> internally assumptions about them can be broken when they are set by 
> the
> user.
> Let us know if neither of the above solutions worked for you.
> Brent
> On 6/30/11 12:11 PM, "Alberto F. Martín-Huertas" 
> <amartin at cimne.upc.edu>
> wrote:
>>  Dear All,
>>  I would like to know which CMake macros I have
>>  to set (and how a I have to set them)
>>  in order to link against TPLs in case of
>>  space-separated link options, like the following ones:
>>  #Setting defitions for MKL BLAS
>>  BLAS_DIR="/opt/intel/Compiler/11.0/084/mkl"
>>  BLAS_LIB="-L$BLAS_DIR/lib/em64t -lmkl_solver_lp64_sequential \
>>            -Wl,--start-group -lmkl_intel_lp64 -lmkl_sequential
>>  -lmkl_core -Wl,--end-group -lpthread"
>>  Currently, I am using the following CMake macros without success
>>  (in particular, only the first token of $BLAS_LIB is copied to the
>>   CMakeCache variable TPL_BLAS_LIBRARIES:STRING):
>>  Thanks in advance.
>>  Best regards,
>>   Alberto.
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