[petsc-dev] Why --with-dynamic-loading?

Jed Brown jedbrown at mcs.anl.gov
Thu Aug 29 09:07:32 CDT 2013

Lisandro asks why dynamic loading needs a different initialization procedure

  ierr = KSPInitializePackage();CHKERRQ(ierr);

Meanwhile, we use normal shared libraries (--with-dynamic-loading=0)
with plugins (petsc4py dynamically loads PETSc and the petsc-eig plugin
is loaded by PETSc and calls back into SLEPc and PETSc).

What is the use case that --with-dynamic-loading is intended to support?

Can we support that use case without having the configuration option?
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