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RANLIB(1)		  BSD General Commands Manual		     RANLIB(1)

     ranlib — table-of-contents for archive libraries

     ranlib [-t] file ...

     Ranlib creates a table of external references for archive libraries, nor‐
     mally used by the loader, ld(1).  This table is is named ``__.SYMDEF''
     and is prepended to the archive.  Files in the archive which are not exe‐
     cutable and symbols which are uninteresting to the loader are ignored.

     The options are as follows:

     -t	     Set the modification time of the __.SYMDEF file.  This time is
	     compared by the loader with the modification time of the archive
	     to verify that the table is up-to-date with respect to the ar‐
	     chive.  If the modification time has been changed without any
	     change to the archive (for example, by a cp(1)), the -t option
	     can be used to ``touch'' the modification time so that it appears
	     that the table is up-to-date.  This is also useful after using
	     the -t option of make(1).

     /tmp/ranlib.XXXXXX	 Temporary file names.

     ar(1), ld(1), lorder(1), nm(1), ranlib(5)

     A ranlib command appeared in Version 7 AT&T UNIX.

BSD				 June 6, 1993				   BSD

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