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RANLIB(5)                   BSD File Formats Manual                  RANLIB(5)

     ranlib -- archive (library) table-of-contents format

     #include <&lt;ranlib.h>&gt;

     The archive table-of-contents command ranlib creates a table of contents
     for archives, containing object files, to be used by the link-editor
     ld(1).  It operates on archives created with the utility ar(1).

     The ranlib function prepends a new file to the archive which has three
     separate parts.  The first part is a standard archive header, which has a
     special name field, ``__.SYMDEF''.

     The second part is a long followed by a list of ranlib structures.  The
     long is the size, in bytes, of the list of ranlib structures.  Each of
     the ranlib structures consists of a zero based offset into the next sec-
     tion (a string table of symbols) and an offset from the beginning of the
     archive to the start of the archive file which defines the symbol.  The
     actual number of ranlib structures is this number divided by the size of
     an individual ranlib structure.

     The third part is a long followed by a string table.  The long is the
     size, in bytes, of the string table.

     ar(1), ranlib(1)

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