DLL hell

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DLL hell (uncountable)

  1. (computing, informal) Problems caused by incompatible versions of a DLL (dynamic-link library).
    • 2002, David Chappell, Understanding .NET: A Tutorial and Analysis
      A more succinct way to say this is that the versioning the CLR enforces for strong-named assemblies means the end of DLL hell.
    • 2006, Nagel et al, Professional C# 2005
      Another feature of Windows 2000 or later Windows operating systems that deals with DLL Hell is file protection: system DLLs are protected...