Gerald I. Evenden
gie at charon.er.usgs.gov
Thu Jun 10 12:36:57 EDT 1993
>Date: Thu, 10 Jun 1993 11:40:50 -0400
>From: Xin Zhuang <zhuang at access.digex.net>
>To: grassp-list at max.cecer.army.mil
>What is /usr/bin/ranlib?
>zhaung at access.digex.com
Program ranlib is an artifact of UCB Unix which basically puts a
record of information of contents of an archive libary. It must
be executed after updating object modules in the library. For
ar -r libxxx.a file1.o file2.o
Failure to do so will cause the linker to choke.
USL Unix does not use ranlib.
In generalize makefiles one often sees the test for the existance
of /bin/ranlib or /usr/bin/ranlib in a conditional for its execution
after makeing a library.
Gerald (Jerry) I. Evenden Internet: gie at charon.er.usgs.gov
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