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LDCONFIG(8)			   BSD System Manager's Manual			      LDCONFIG(8)

NAME
     ldconfig -- configure the a.out shared library cache

SYNOPSIS
     ldconfig [-cmrsSv] [directory ...]

DESCRIPTION
     ldconfig is used to prepare a set of ``hints'' for use by the a.out run-time linker ld.so to
     facilitate quick lookup of shared libraries available in multiple directories.  ldconfig is
     only available on systems that use the ``a.out'' format for executables and libraries - on
     ELF systems, all the work is done by ld.elf_so.

     By default, it scans a set of built-in system directories, directories listed in
     /etc/ld.so.conf, and any directories specified on the command line (in the given order)
     looking for shared libraries and stores the results in the file /var/run/ld.so.hints to
     forestall the overhead that would otherwise result from the directory search operations
     ld.so would have to perform to load required shared libraries.

     The shared libraries so found will be automatically available for loading if needed by the
     program being prepared for execution.  This obviates the need for storing search paths
     within the executable.

     The LD_LIBRARY_PATH environment variable can be used to override the use of directories (or
     the order thereof) from the cache or to specify additional directories where shared
     libraries might be found.	LD_LIBRARY_PATH is a ':' separated list of directory paths that
     are searched by ld.so when it needs to load a shared library.  It can be viewed as the run-
     time equivalent of the -L switch of ld.

     ldconfig is typically run as part of the boot sequence.

     The following options are recognized by ldconfig:

     -c      Do not scan directories listed in /etc/ld.so.conf for shared libraries.

     -m      Merge the result of the scan of the directories given as arguments into the existing
	     hints file.  The default action is to build the hints file afresh.

     -r      Lists the current contents of ld.so.hints on the standard output.	The hints file
	     will not be modified.

     -s      Do not scan the built-in system directory (/usr/lib), nor any directories listed in
	     /etc/ld.so.conf for shared libraries.

     -S      Do not scan the built-in system directory (/usr/lib), for shared libraries.  (Direc-
	     tories listed in /etc/ld.so.conf are still scanned.)

     -v      Switch on verbose mode.

FILES
     /var/run/ld.so.hints, /etc/ld.so.conf

SEE ALSO
     ld(1), ld.so(1), ld.so.conf(5), link(5)

HISTORY
     A ldconfig utility first appeared in SunOS 4.0, it appeared in its current form in
     NetBSD 0.9A.

SECURITY CONSIDERATIONS
     Special care must be taken when loading shared libraries into the address space of
     set-user-ID programs.  Whenever such a program is run, ld.so will only load shared libraries
     from the ld.so.hints file.  In particular, the LD_LIBRARY_PATH and LD_PRELOAD is not used to
     search for libraries.  Thus, the role of ldconfig is dual.  In addition to building a set of
     hints for quick lookup, it also serves to specify the trusted collection of directories from
     which shared objects can be safely loaded.  It is presumed that the set of directories spec-
     ified to ldconfig is under control of the system's administrator.	ld.so further assists
     set-user-ID programs by erasing the LD_LIBRARY_PATH and LD_PRELOAD from the environment.

BSD					 October 8, 2000				      BSD
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