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OpenSolaris 2009.06 - man page for ranlib (opensolaris section 1)

ranlib(1)							   User Commands							 ranlib(1)

NAME
ranlib - convert archives to random libraries
SYNOPSIS
ranlib archive
DESCRIPTION
The ranlib utility was used in SunOS 4.x to add a table of contents to archive libraries, which converted each archive to a form that could be linked more rapidly. This is no longer needed, as the ar(1) command automatically provides all the functionality ranlib used to provide. This script is provided as a convenience for software developers who need to maintain Makefiles that are portable across a variety of oper- ating systems.
EXIT STATUS
ranlib has exit status 0.
ATTRIBUTES
See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attributes: +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+ | ATTRIBUTE TYPE | ATTRIBUTE VALUE | +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+ |Availability |SUNWbtool | +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+
SEE ALSO
ar(1), ar.h(3HEAD), attributes(5) SunOS 5.11 28 Jun 2007 ranlib(1)