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RANLIB(5)										RANLIB(5)

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

       #include <ranlib.h>

       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 section (a string table of	symbols)  and  an  offset
       from  the beginning of the archive to the start of the archive file which defines the sym-
       bol.  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)

4.3 Berkeley Distribution		   May 10, 1991 				RANLIB(5)
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