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RANLIB(1)                   General Commands Manual                  RANLIB(1)



NAME
       ranlib - convert archives to random libraries

SYNOPSIS
       ranlib archive ...

DESCRIPTION
       Ranlib converts each archive to a form which can be loaded more rapidly
       by the loader, by adding a table of contents  named  __.SYMDEF  to  the
       beginning of the archive.  It uses ar(1) to reconstruct the archive, so
       that sufficient temporary file space must be available in the file sys-
       tem containing the current directory.

SEE ALSO
       ld(1), ar(1)

BUGS
       Because  generation  of a library by ar and randomization by ranlib are
       separate, phase errors are possible.  The loader ld warns when the mod-
       ification  date  of  a  library is more recent than the creation of its
       dictionary; but this means you get the warning even if  you  only  copy
       the library.



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