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AR(1V)                                                                  AR(1V)

       ar - create library archives, and add or extract files

       ar  d  |  m | p | q | r | t | x [ [ clouv ] [ abi position-name ] ] ar-
       chive [ member-file...  ]

       /usr/5bin/ar [-] d | m | p | q | r | t | x [ [ clouvs ] [ abi position-
       name ] ] archive [ member-file...  ]

       The  System  V  version  of this command is available with the System V
       software installation option.  Refer  to  for  information  on  how  to
       install optional software.

       ar  maintains  groups of files combined into a single archive file.  An
       archive file comprises a set of member files and header information for
       each  file.  The archive header and the headers for the file consist of
       printable characters (assuming that the names of the files in  the  ar-
       chive  contain  printable  characters),  and  are  in a format portable
       across all machines.  This format is described in detail in ar(5)).  If
       an  archive  is composed of printable files, with printable file names,
       the entire archive is printable.

       ar is normally used to create and update library files used by the link
       editor ld(1), but can be used for any similar purpose.

       archive  is the name of the archive file.  member-file is a member file
       contained in the archive.  If this argument  is  omitted,  the  command
       applies  to all entries in the archive.  Member names have a maximum of
       15 characters, except on Sun386i systems, where they have a maximum  of
       14 characters, longer names are truncated.

       ar  runs  ranlib  after  modifying an archive, so that the symbol table
       member of the archive is kept up-to-date.

       You must indicate only one of: d, m, p, q, r, t, or  x,  which  may  be
       followed by one or more Modifiers.

       d      Delete the named files from the archive file.

       m      Move the named files to the end of the archive.

       p      Print. If no names are given, all files in the archive are writ-
              ten to the standard output; if no names are  given,  only  those
              files  are  written, and they are written in the order that they
              appear in the archive.

       q      Quick append. Append the named files to the end of  the  archive
              file  without searching the archive for duplicate names.  Useful
              only to avoid quadratic behavior when creating a  large  archive
              piece-by-piece.   If  this  option is used to add a member to an
              archive, and a member with the same name as that member  already
              exists  in  the archive, the old member will not be removed; two
              members with the same name will exist in the archive.

       r      Replace the named files in the archive.

       t      Table of contents.  If no names are given, all files in the  ar-
              chive  are  listed;  if  names  are  given, only those files are

       x      Extract. If no names are given, all files  in  the  archive  are
              extracted  into  the current directory; if names are given, only
              those files are extracted. In neither case does x alter the  ar-
              chive file.

       c      Create.   Suppress  the message that is produced by default when
              archive is created.

       l      Local.  Place temporary files in the current  working  directory
              rather than in the default temporary directory, /tmp.

       o      Old  date.   When files are extracted with the x option, set the
              ``last modified'' date to the date recorded in the archive.

       u      Update.  Replace only those files that have changed  since  they
              were put in the archive.  Used with the r option.

       v      Verbose.   When used with the r, d, m, or q option, give a file-
              by-file description of the creation of a new archive  file  from
              the  old  archive  and the constituent files.  When used with x,
              give a file-by-file description of  the  extraction  of  archive
              files.   When  used  with  t, give a long listing of information
              about the files.  When used with p, write each member's name  to
              the  standard  output  before writing the member to the standard

       a position-name
              Place new files after position-name (position-name argument must
              be present).  Applies only to the r and m options.

       b position-name
              Place  new  files  before  position-name (position-name argument
              must be present).  Applies only to the r and m options.

       i position-name
              Identical to the b modifier.

       The options may be preceded by `-'.

       s      Force the regeneration of the archive symbol table even if ar is
              not  invoked  with  a  command that will modify the archive con-

       Creating a new archive:
              example% ar rcv archive file.o
              a - file.o
       Adding to an archive:
              example% ar rav file.o archive next.c
              a - next.c
       Extracting from an archive:
              example% ar xv archive file.o
              x - file.o
              example% ls file.o
       Seeing the table of contents:
              example% ar t archive

       /tmp/v*.            temporary files

       ld(1), lorder(1), ranlib(1), ar(5)

       If the same file is mentioned twice in an argument list, it is  put  in
       the archive twice.

       The  ``last-modified''  date  of  a  file  will not be altered by the o
       option unless the user is either the owner of the extracted file or the

                               18 February 1988                         AR(1V)