Section: GNU Development Tools (1)
ranlib generates an index to the contents of an archive and stores it in the archive. The index lists each symbol defined by a member of an archive that is a relocatable object file.
You may use nm -s or nm --print-armap to list this index.
An archive with such an index speeds up linking to the library and allows routines in the library to call each other without regard to their placement in the archive.
If binutils was configured with --enable-deterministic-archives, then this mode is on by default. It can be disabled with the -U option, described below.
If binutils was configured without --enable-deterministic-archives, then this mode is on by default.
Options in file are separated by whitespace. A whitespace character may be included in an option by surrounding the entire option in either single or double quotes. Any character (including a backslash) may be included by prefixing the character to be included with a backslash. The file may itself contain additional @file options; any such options will be processed recursively.
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