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Old 05-27-2004, 11:38 AM   #1
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How To Find Out What A Library Does?


I have been puzzled by a problem related to dynamic linking and relocating. I have a program which uses dynamically linked libraries, I can check what those libraries are using ldd, but I don't know exactly what each library is for. Some of them I can figure out from the name. Also, there are issues related to versions, for example, my program links, that is for posix-thread, and it is a link pointing to Looks to me that "0.10" is something related to version, but how can I find out 1) what program installed this library; 2) which version of that program installed this specific version of libpthread? Is there any general website about all the libraries? The reason I need to find out which program/version installed the library is that if somebody is missing that library on their machine, I can then direct them to install that specific program. Thanks a lot for your help.
Old 05-27-2004, 11:46 AM   #2
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To make the thing clear, the way the libraries are used is "shared libraries", not the "dynamically loaded" libraries. Didn't think about it when used the phrase "dynamically linked".


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