DLL vs Shared Library

Daniel Carrera daniel.carrera at zmsl.com
Thu Mar 30 08:52:10 UTC 2006


I know it's odd to ask a Windows question on a Linux forum, but on the 
recent thread where I asked about clearing my RAM a bit Dana gave me a 
link which in turn said that Linux' shared libraries are.. well shared, 
among applications. Of course, I knew that, why else would they be 
called shared libraries.

Now my question: Does this mean that this is *not* true for Windows 
DLLs? Do Windows apply reload the same library redundantly for every 
application that uses it? I can't belive that could be true (think of 
the core system librarries!). Help?

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