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re-thinking a way SWIFT dependencies are resolved



First time issue was reported on gitter

libswiftCoreMIDI.dylib is not found in swift paths

Later it was communicated that workaround doesn’t work during submition to Apple: ERROR ITMS-90209: “Invalid Segment Alignment. The app binary at ‘SwiftSupport/iphoneos/libswiftCoreMIDI.dylib’ does not have proper segment alignment. Try rebuilding the app with the latest Xcode version.”


  • RoboVM can detect swift dependencies only in dynamic frameworks. For static libraries/frameworks workaround was introduced.
  • Today dynamic framworks might link again runtime swift libraries – these should not be copied to .app/Frameworks folder. These dependecies can be observed using otool -L command:
/usr/lib/swift/libswiftWebKit.dylib (compatibility version 1.0.0, current version 610.1.28, weak)
@rpath/libswiftAVFoundation.dylib (compatibility version 1.0.0, current version 1991.1.1, weak)  

there libswiftWebKit.dylib is from runtime location(and RoboVM can’t copy it) and libswiftAVFoundation.dylib to be bundled into application (have to be bundled).


1. Workaround doesn’t work nice enough, and it is better to allow the linker to solve static dependencies. Moreover swift frameworks/libraries contain LC_LINKER_OPTION that specifies instructions how to link:

Load command 5
 cmdsize 24
   count 1
  string #1 -lswiftCore

2. Another fix: don’t try to bundle swift frameworks that are available only runtime(e.g. /usr/lib/swift/libswiftWebKit.dylib). Existing Pattern.compile("libswift.+\\.dylib"); was picking everything. Was changed to copy only one that are looked in @rpath: Pattern.compile("@rpath/(libswift.+\\.dylib)");

3. In case deployment target is small to contain swift 5.1 linker will introduce @rpath dependencies in application binary itself. And these dependencies have to be bundled with application. So another step is added – application binary is being scanned for Swift dependencies to be copied.

4. Workaround dropped, instead introduced config options:


swiftLibPaths was moved there from the workaround and allows specifying custom swift location.
swiftSupport once being added to config forces swift paths to be added to linker library search path and allows static linking with swift.


Changes proposed as PR552