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ranlib - archive (library) table-of-contents format
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.
4.3 Berkeley Distribution May 10, 1991 RANLIB(5)
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