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RE: [patch]: Add MS __ImageBase symbol to 32-bit pe.em

> The usual expression is:
> #if defined(_M_IA64)
> #pragma section(".base", long, read)
> extern "C" __declspec(allocate(".base"))
> const IMAGE_DOS_HEADER __ImageBase;
> #else
> extern "C" const IMAGE_DOS_HEADER __ImageBase;
> #endif
> and used like:
> PIMAGE_DOS_HEADER dhd = &__ImageBase;
> or:
> HINSTANCE hModulehandle = (HINSTANCE)&__ImageBase; // e.g. ATL
> Where __ImageBase represents the PE DOS header of a binary. This 
> variable is not defined anywhere, nor is it documented. ATL uses 
> this method to get the module handle (HINSTANCE) of the current 
> process, thus it must always point to the current executable image, 
> right? As I understand, using __ImageBase in a DLL, you will get the
> PE header of the executable. 
> I always thought it was defined by the MS compiler. So this variable
> is valid for mingw also?
The variable is in mingw the ld symbol '__image_base__'. So the definition 
for current ld (before this patch) would be something like.
#define __ImageBase _image_base__
extern "C" IMAGE_DOS_HEADER __ImageBase;

One leading underscore needs to be added for gcc, which does not 
underscore user-variables.
You can find some more information about this symbol, when you take a look 
at the 'delayhlp.cpp' file of the MS include folder.

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