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           The dynamic linker can be run either indirectly by running some dynami-
           cally linked program or library (in which case no command-line  options
           to  the  dynamic linker can be passed and, in the ELF case, the dynamic
           linker which is stored in the .interp section of the  program  is  exe-
           cuted) or directly by running:
           /lib/*  [OPTIONS] [PROGRAM [ARGUMENTS]]


           The  programs and* find and load the shared libraries
           needed by a program, prepare the program to run, and then run it.
           Linux binaries require dynamic linking (linking at run time) unless the
           -static option was given to ld(1) during compilation.
           The  program handles a.out binaries, a format used long ago; ld-
 * handles ELF (/lib/ for libc5, /lib/
           for  glibc2),  which everybody has been using for years now.  Otherwise
           both have the same behavior, and use the same support  files  and  pro-
           grams ldd(1), ldconfig(8) and /etc/
           When  resolving library dependencies, the dynamic linker first inspects
           each dependency string to see if it contains a slash (this can occur if
           a  library pathname containing slashes was specified at link time).  If
           a slash is found, then the dependency string is interpreted as a (rela-
           tive  or absolute) pathname, and the library is loaded using that path-
           If a library dependency does not contain a slash, then it  is  searched
           for in the following order:
           o  (ELF  only)  Using the directories specified in the DT_RPATH dynamic
              section attribute of the binary if present and DT_RUNPATH  attribute
              does not exist.  Use of DT_RPATH is deprecated.
           o  Using  the environment variable LD_LIBRARY_PATH.  Except if the exe-
              cutable is a set-user-ID/set-group-ID binary, in which  case  it  is
           o  (ELF only) Using the directories specified in the DT_RUNPATH dynamic
              section attribute of the binary if present.
           o  From the cache file /etc/, which contains a compiled list
              of  candidate  libraries  previously  found in the augmented library
              path.  If, however, the binary  was  linked  with  the  -z  nodeflib
              linker  option,  libraries in the default library paths are skipped.
              Libraries installed in hardware capability directories  (see  below)
              are preferred to other libraries.
           o  In  the  default  path  /lib,  and then /usr/lib.  If the binary was
              linked with the -z nodeflib linker option, this step is skipped.
                  This facilitates the creation of "turn-key" applications that do
                  not need to be  installed  into  special  directories,  but  can
                  instead  be unpacked into any directory and still find their own
                  shared libraries.
           $LIB (or equivalently ${LIB})
                  This expands to lib  or  lib64  depending  on  the  architecture
                  (e.g.,  on x86-64, it expands to lib64 and on x86-32, it expands
                  to lib).
           $PLATFORM (or equivalently ${PLATFORM})
                  This expands to a string corresponding to the processor type  of
                  the  host  system  (e.g., "x86_64").  On some architectures, the
                  Linux kernel doesn't provide a platform string  to  the  dynamic
                  linker.   The value of this string is taken from the AT_PLATFORM
                  value in the auxiliary vector (see getauxval(3)).


           --list List all dependencies and how they are resolved.
                  Verify that program  is  dynamically  linked  and  this  dynamic
                  linker can handle it.
           --library-path PATH
                  Use PATH instead of LD_LIBRARY_PATH environment variable setting
                  (see below).
           --inhibit-rpath LIST
                  Ignore RPATH and RUNPATH information in object  names  in  LIST.
                  This  option is ignored if is set-user-ID or set-group-ID.
           --audit LIST
                  Use objects named in LIST as auditors.


           Some libraries are compiled using hardware-specific instructions  which
           do  not  exist  on  every  CPU.   Such libraries should be installed in
           directories whose names define the required hardware capabilities, such
           as /usr/lib/sse2/.  The dynamic linker checks these directories against
           the hardware of the machine and selects the most suitable version of  a
           given library.  Hardware capability directories can be cascaded to com-
           bine CPU features.  The list of  supported  hardware  capability  names
           depends on the CPU.  The following names are currently recognized:
           Alpha  ev4, ev5, ev56, ev6, ev67
           MIPS   loongson2e, loongson2f, octeon, octeon2
                  4xxmac,  altivec, arch_2_05, arch_2_06, booke, cellbe, dfp, efp-
                  double, efpsingle,  fpu,  ic_snoop,  mmu,  notb,  pa6t,  power4,
           Among the more important environment variables are the following:
                  (glibc  since  2.2.3) Each shared library can inform the dynamic
                  linker of the minimum  kernel  ABI  version  that  it  requires.
                  (This  requirement  is  encoded  in  an ELF note section that is
                  viewable via readelf -n as a  section  labeled  NT_GNU_ABI_TAG.)
                  At  run  time,  the dynamic linker determines the ABI version of
                  the running kernel and will reject loading shared libraries that
                  specify minimum ABI versions that exceed that ABI version.
                  LD_ASSUME_KERNEL  can  be  used  to  cause the dynamic linker to
                  assume that it is running on a system with  a  different  kernel
                  ABI version.  For example, the following command line causes the
                  dynamic linker to assume it is running on Linux 2.2.5 when load-
                  ing the shared libraries required by myprog:
                      $ LD_ASSUME_KERNEL=2.2.5 ./myprog
                  On  systems  that  provide multiple versions of a shared library
                  (in different directories in the search path) that have  differ-
                  ent  minimum  kernel  ABI version requirements, LD_ASSUME_KERNEL
                  can be used to select the version of the library  that  is  used
                  (dependent  on  the  directory search order).  Historically, the
                  most common use of the LD_ASSUME_KERNEL feature was to  manually
                  select  the  older  LinuxThreads POSIX threads implementation on
                  systems that provided both LinuxThreads and NPTL  (which  latter
                  was typically the default on such systems); see pthreads(7).
                  (glibc since 2.2) Don't update the Global Offset Table (GOT) and
                  Procedure Linkage Table (PLT) when resolving a symbol.
                  (libc5; glibc since 2.1.1) If set to a nonempty  string,  causes
                  the  dynamic  linker  to  resolve all symbols at program startup
                  instead of deferring function call resolution to the point  when
                  they  are  first referenced.  This is useful when using a debug-
                  A colon-separated list of directories in which to search for ELF
                  libraries  at  execution-time.   Similar to the PATH environment
                  variable.  Ignored in set-user-ID and set-group-ID programs.
                  A list of additional, user-specified, ELF shared libraries to be
                  loaded  before  all  others.  The items of the list can be sepa-
                  rated by spaces or colons.  This  can  be  used  to  selectively
                  override functions in other shared libraries.  The libraries are
                  searched for using the rules given under DESCRIPTION.  For  set-
                  user-ID/set-group-ID  ELF binaries, preload pathnames containing
                  versions of also supported LD_ELF_LIBRARY_PATH.
                  (libc5) Version of LD_PRELOAD for a.out binaries only.  Old ver-
                  sions of also supported LD_ELF_PRELOAD.
                  (glibc  since 2.4) A colon-separated list of user-specified, ELF
                  shared objects to be loaded before  all  others  in  a  separate
                  linker  namespace (i.e., one that does not intrude upon the nor-
                  mal symbol bindings that would occur  in  the  process).   These
                  libraries  can  be  used  to  audit the operation of the dynamic
                  linker.  LD_AUDIT is ignored for set-user-ID/set-group-ID  bina-
                  The  dynamic linker will notify the audit libraries at so-called
                  auditing checkpoints--for example, loading a new library, resolv-
                  ing  a symbol, or calling a symbol from another shared object--by
                  calling an appropriate function within the audit  library.   For
                  details,  see  rtld-audit(7).  The auditing interface is largely
                  compatible with that provided on Solaris, as  described  in  its
                  Linker and Libraries Guide, in the chapter Runtime Linker Audit-
                  ing Interface.
                  (glibc since 2.1.95) Do not update the GOT (global offset table)
                  and PLT (procedure linkage table) after resolving a symbol.
                  (glibc since 2.1) Output verbose debugging information about the
                  dynamic linker.  If set to all prints all debugging  information
                  it  has,  if set to help prints a help message about which cate-
                  gories can be specified in  this  environment  variable.   Since
                  glibc  2.3.4,  LD_DEBUG  is ignored for set-user-ID/set-group-ID
                  (glibc since 2.1) File in which LD_DEBUG output should be  writ-
                  ten.  The default is standard error.  LD_DEBUG_OUTPUT is ignored
                  for set-user-ID/set-group-ID binaries.
                  (glibc  since  2.1.91)  Allow  weak  symbols  to  be  overridden
                  (reverting  to old glibc behavior).  For security reasons, since
                  glibc 2.3.4, LD_DYNAMIC_WEAK  is  ignored  for  set-user-ID/set-
                  group-ID binaries.
                  (glibc since 2.1) Mask for hardware capabilities.
                  (a.out  only)(libc5)  Don't ignore the directory in the names of
                  other value enables pointer guarding, which is also the default.
                  Pointer  guarding  is a security mechanism whereby some pointers
                  to code stored in  writable  program  memory  (return  addresses
                  saved  by  setjmp(3)  or function pointers used by various glibc
                  internals) are mangled semi-randomly to make it  more  difficult
                  for an attacker to hijack the pointers for use in the event of a
                  buffer overrun or stack-smashing attack.
                  (glibc since 2.1) Shared object to be profiled, specified either
                  as  a  pathname or a soname.  Profiling output is written to the
                  file whose name is: "$LD_PROFILE_OUTPUT/$LD_PROFILE.profile".
                  (glibc since 2.1) Directory where LD_PROFILE  output  should  be
                  written.   If  this variable is not defined, or is defined as an
                  empty string, then the default is  /var/tmp.   LD_PROFILE_OUTPUT
                  is  ignored  for  set-user-ID  and  set-group-ID programs, which
                  always use /var/profile.
                  (glibc since 2.1) Show auxiliary array passed up from  the  ker-
                  nel.   For  security reasons, since glibc 2.3.5, LD_SHOW_AUXV is
                  ignored for set-user-ID/set-group-ID binaries.
                  By default (i.e., if this variable is not  defined)  executables
                  and  prelinked shared objects will honor base addresses of their
                  dependent libraries and (nonprelinked) position-independent exe-
                  cutables  (PIEs)  and  other shared objects will not honor them.
                  If LD_USE_LOAD_BIAS is defined wit the value,  both  executables
                  and  PIEs will honor the base addresses.  If LD_USE_LOAD_BIAS is
                  defined with the value 0,  neither  executables  nor  PIEs  will
                  honor the base addresses.  This variable is ignored by set-user-
                  ID and set-group-ID programs.
                  (glibc since 2.1) If set to a  nonempty  string,  output  symbol
                  versioning    information    about    the    program    if   the
                  LD_TRACE_LOADED_OBJECTS environment variable has been set.
                  (ELF only)(glibc since 2.1.3) If set to a nonempty string,  warn
                  about unresolved symbols.
                  (libc5) argv[0] to be used by ldd(1) when none is present.


                  a.out dynamic linker/loader


           ldd(1), getauxval(3), rtld-audit(7), ldconfig(8), sln(8)

    GNU 2014-01-08 LD.SO(8)


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