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RANLIB(1)						       GNU Development Tools							 RANLIB(1)

NAME
ranlib - generate index to archive.
SYNOPSIS
ranlib [-vV] archive
DESCRIPTION
ranlib generates an index to the contents of an archive and stores it in the archive. The index lists each symbol defined by a member of an archive that is a relocatable object file. You may use nm -s or nm --print-armap to list this index. An archive with such an index speeds up linking to the library and allows routines in the library to call each other without regard to their placement in the archive. The GNU ranlib program is another form of GNU ar; running ranlib is completely equivalent to executing ar -s.
OPTIONS
-v -V --version Show the version number of ranlib.
SEE ALSO
ar(1), nm(1), and the Info entries for binutils.
COPYRIGHT
Copyright (c) 1991, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 2000, 2001, 2002 Free Software Foundation, Inc. Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.1 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, with no Front-Cover Texts, and with no Back-Cover Texts. A copy of the license is included in the section entitled "GNU Free Documentation License". binutils-2.13.90.0.18 2003-02-24 RANLIB(1)