ld(1)                 GNU Development Tools                 ld(1)

       ld - the GNU linker

       ld     [-o output] objfile...
              [-Aarchitecture] [-b input-format] [-Bstatic]
              [-Bdynamic] [-Bsymbolic] [-c commandfile] [--cref]
              [-defsym symbol = expression] [-e entry]
              [-embedded-relocs] [-E] [-export-dynamic] [-f name]
              [--auxiliary name] [-F name] [--filter name]
              [-format input-format] [-g] [-G size] [-h name]
              [-soname name] [--help] [-i] [-lar] [-Lsearchdir]
              [-M] [-Map mapfile] [-m emulation] [-n|-N]
              [-noinhibit-exec] [-no-keep-memory]
              [-no-warn-mismatch] [-oformat output-format]
              [-R filename] [-relax] [-r|-Ur] [-rpath directory]
              [-rpath-link directory] [-S] [-s] [-shared]
              [-sort-common] [-split-by-reloc count]
              [-split-by-file] [-T commandfile] [-Ttext textorg]
              [-Tdata dataorg] [-Tbss bssorg] [-t] [-u sym] [-V]
              [-v] [--verbose] [--version] [-warn-common]
              [-warn-constructors] [-warn-multiple-gp]
              [-warn-once] [-warn-section-align]
              [--whole-archive] [--no-whole-archive]
              [--wrap symbol] [-X] [-x]

       ld combines a number of object and  archive  files,  relo-
       cates  their data and ties up symbol references. Often the
       last step in building a new compiled program to run  is  a
       call to ld.

       ld  accepts  Linker  Command Language files to provide ex-
       plicit and total control over the linking  process.   This
       man  page  does not describe the command language; see the
       `ld' entry in `info', or the manual ld: the GNU  linker  ,
       for  full details on the command language and on other as-
       pects of the GNU linker.

       This version of ld uses the general purpose BFD  libraries
       to  operate  on object files. This allows ld to read, com-
       bine, and write object files in many  different  formats--
       for  example,  COFF  or  a.out.   Different formats may be
       linked together to produce any available  kind  of  object
       file.   You  can use `objdump -i' to get a list of formats
       supported on various architectures; see objdump(1).

       Aside from its flexibility, the GNU linker is more helpful
       than  other  linkers  in providing diagnostic information.
       Many linkers abandon execution immediately upon encounter-
       ing  an  error; whenever possible, ld continues executing,
       allowing you to identify other errors (or, in some  cases,
       to get an output file in spite of the error).

       The GNU linker ld is meant to cover a broad range of situ-
       ations, and to be as compatible  as  possible  with  other
       linkers.   As  a  result, you have many choices to control
       its behavior through the command line, and  through  envi-
       ronment variables.

       The  plethora  of command-line options may seem intimidat-
       ing, but in actual practice few of them are  used  in  any
       particular context.  For instance, a frequent use of ld is
       to link standard Unix object files on a standard, support-
       ed Unix system.  On such a system, to link a file hello.o:

       $ ld -o output /lib/crt0.o hello.o -lc

       This tells ld to produce a file called output as  the  re-
       sult  of linking the file /lib/crt0.o with hello.o and the
       library libc.a which will come from  the  standard  search

       The command-line options to ld may be specified in any or-
       der, and may be repeated at will.  For the most part,  re-
       peating  an  option  with a different argument will either
       have no further  effect,  or  override  prior  occurrences
       (those  further to the left on the command line) of an op-

       The exceptions--which may meaningfully be used  more  than
       once--are  -A,  -b  (or its synonym -format), -defsym, -L,
       -l, -R, and -u.

       The list of object files to be linked together,  shown  as
       objfile, may follow, precede, or be mixed in with command-
       line options; save that an objfile  argument  may  not  be
       placed between an option flag and its argument.

       Usually  the  linker  is  invoked with at least one object
       file, but other forms of binary input files  can  also  be
       specified  with  -l,  -R, and the script command language.
       If no binary input files at all are specified, the  linker
       does  not  produce  any output, and issues the message `No
       input files'.

       Option arguments must  either  follow  the  option  letter
       without  intervening  whitespace,  or be given as separate
       arguments immediately following the option  that  requires

              In the current release of ld, this option is useful
              only for the Intel 960 family of architectures.  In
              that ld configuration, the architecture argument is
              one of the two-letter names identifying members  of
              the  960  family;  the option specifies the desired
              output target, and warns of  any  incompatible  in-
              structions  in  the  input files.  It also modifies
              the linker's search strategy for archive libraries,
              to  support  the  use of libraries specific to each
              particular architecture, by including in the search
              loop names suffixed with the string identifying the

              For example,  if  your  ld  command  line  included
              `-ACA'  as  well  as `-ltry', the linker would look
              (in its built-in search paths, and in any paths you
              specify with -L) for a library with the names


              The  first two possibilities would be considered in
              any event; the last two  are  due  to  the  use  of

              Future releases of ld may support similar function-
              ality for other architecture families.

              You can meaningfully use -A more  than  once  on  a
              command line, if an architecture family allows com-
              bination of target architectures; each use will add
              another pair of name variants to search for when -l
              specifies a library.

       -b input-format
              Specify the binary format for  input  object  files
              that  follow  this option on the command line.  You
              don't usually need to specify this, as ld  is  con-
              figured  to  expect  as  a default input format the
              most usual format on each machine.  input-format is
              a text string, the name of a particular format sup-
              ported by the BFD libraries.  -format  input-format
              has  the  same  effect,  as does the script command

              You may want to use this option if you are  linking
              files  with an unusual binary format.  You can also
              use -b to switch formats explicitly  (when  linking
              object files of different formats), by including -b
              input-format before each group of object files in a
              particular format.

              The  default  format  is taken from the environment
              variable GNUTARGET.  You can also define the  input
              format from a script, using the command TARGET.

              Do not link against shared libraries.  This is only
              meaningful on platforms for which shared  libraries
              are supported.

              Link against dynamic libraries.  This is only mean-
              ingful on platforms for which shared libraries  are
              supported.   This option is normally the default on
              such platforms.

              When creating a shared library, bind references  to
              global  symbols to the definition within the shared
              library, if any.  Normally, it is  possible  for  a
              program linked against a shared library to override
              the definition within the shared library.  This op-
              tion is only meaningful on ELF platforms which sup-
              port shared libraries.

       -c commandfile
              Directs ld to read link commands from the file com-
              mandfile.   These commands will completely override
              ld's default link format  (rather  than  adding  to
              it);  commandfile must specify everything necessary
              to describe the target format.

              You may also include a script of link commands  di-
              rectly in the command line by bracketing it between
              `{' and `}' characters.

       --cref Output a cross reference table.  If  a  linker  map
              file  is being generated, the cross reference table
              is printed to  the  map  file.   Otherwise,  it  is
              printed on the standard output.



       -dp    These  three options are equivalent; multiple forms
              are supported for compatibility with other linkers.
              Use  any  of them to make ld assign space to common
              symbols even if a relocatable output file is speci-
              fied (-r).  The script command FORCE_COMMON_ALLOCA-
              TION has the same effect.

       -defsym symbol = expression
              Create a global symbol in the output file, contain-
              ing  the absolute address given by expression.  You
              may use this option as many times as  necessary  to
              define  multiple  symbols  in  the command line.  A
              limited form of arithmetic is supported for the ex-
              pression  in this context: you may give a hexadeci-
              mal constant or the name of an existing symbol,  or
              use  +  and  -  to add or subtract hexadecimal con-
              stants or symbols.  If you need more elaborate  ex-
              pressions,  consider  using the linker command lan-
              guage from a script.

       -e entry
               Use entry as the explicit symbol for beginning ex-
              ecution  of  your  program, rather than the default
              entry point.  for a discussion of defaults and oth-
              er ways of specifying the entry point.

              This  option  is  only meaningful when linking MIPS
              embedded PIC code, generated by the  -membedded-pic
              option to the GNU compiler and assembler.  It caus-
              es the linker to create a table which may  be  used
              at runtime to relocate any data which was statical-
              ly initialized to pointer values.  See the code  in
              testsuite/ld-empic for details.


              When  creating  an ELF file, add all symbols to the
              dynamic symbol table.  Normally, the dynamic symbol
              table contains only symbols which are used by a dy-
              namic object.  This option is needed for some  uses
              of dlopen.

       -f name

       --auxiliary name
              When  creating an ELF shared object, set the inter-
              nal DT_AUXILIARY field to the specified name.  This
              tells  the  dynamic linker that the symbol table of
              the shared object should be used  as  an  auxiliary
              filter  on  the  symbol  table of the shared object

       -F name

       --filter name
              When creating an ELF shared object, set the  inter-
              nal  DT_FILTER  field  to the specified name.  This
              tells the dynamic linker that the symbol  table  of
              the shared object should be used as a filter on the
              symbol table of the shared object name.

       -format input-format
              Synonym for -b input-format.

       -g     Accepted, but ignored; provided  for  compatibility
              with other tools.

       -G size
              Set the maximum size of objects to be optimized us-
              ing the GP register to size under MIPS ECOFF.   Ig-
              nored for other object file formats.

       -h name

       -soname name
              When  creating an ELF shared object, set the inter-
              nal DT_SONAME field to the specified name.  When an
              executable is linked with a shared object which has
              a DT_SONAME field, then when the executable is  run
              the  dynamic linker will attempt to load the shared
              object specified by the DT_SONAME field rather than
              the using the file name given to the linker.

       --help Print  a summary of the command-line options on the
              standard output and exit.  This option  and  --ver-
              sion  begin with two dashes instead of one for com-
              patibility with other GNU programs.  The other  op-
              tions  start  with  only one dash for compatibility
              with other linkers.

       -i     Perform an incremental link (same as option -r).

       -lar    Add an archive file ar to the  list  of  files  to
              link.  This option may be used any number of times.
              ld will search its  path-list  for  occurrences  of
              libar.a for every ar specified.

              This  command  adds  path  searchdir to the list of
              paths that ld will search  for  archive  libraries.
              You may use this option any number of times.

              The  default  set  of paths searched (without being
              specified with -L) depends on what  emulation  mode
              ld  is  using, and in some cases also on how it was
              configured.    The paths can also be specified in a
              link script with the SEARCH_DIR command.

       -M     Print (to the standard output file) a link map--di-
              agnostic information about where symbols are mapped
              by ld, and information on global common storage al-

       -Map mapfile
              Print to the file mapfile  a  link  map--diagnostic
              information  about  where symbols are mapped by ld,
              and information on global  common  storage  alloca-

       -m emulation
              Emulate  the  emulation  linker.   You can list the
              available emulations with the --verbose or  -V  op-
              tions.   This  option overrides the compiled-in de-
              fault, which is the system for which you configured

       -N     specifies  readable and writable text and data sec-
              tions. If the output  format  supports  Unix  style
              magic numbers, the output is marked as OMAGIC.

              When  you  use the `-N' option, the linker does not
              page-align the data segment.

       -n     sets the text segment to be read only,  and  NMAGIC
              is written if possible.

              Normally,  the  linker  will  not produce an output
              file if it encounters errors during the  link  pro-
              cess.   With  this  flag,  you can specify that you
              wish the output file retained even after  non-fatal

              The linker normally optimizes for speed over memory
              usage by caching the symbol tables of  input  files
              in memory.  This option tells the linker to instead
              optimize for memory usage, by rereading the  symbol
              tables  as  necessary.  This may be required if the
              linker runs out of memory  space  while  linking  a
              large executable.

              Normally  the  linker will give an error if you try
              to link together input files  that  are  mismatched
              for  some  reason,  perhaps  because they have been
              compiled for different processors or for  different
              endiannesses.  This option tells the linker that it
              should silently permit such possible errors.   This
              option should only be used with care, in cases when
              you have taken some  special  action  that  ensures
              that the linker errors are inappropriate.

       -o output
              output is a name for the program produced by ld; if
              this option is not specified, the name  `a.out'  is
              used by default.  The script command OUTPUT can al-
              so specify the output file name.

       -oformat output-format
              Specify the binary format  for  the  output  object
              file.   You  don't usually need to specify this, as
              ld is configured to produce  as  a  default  output
              format the most usual format on each machine.  out-
              put-format is a text string, the name of a particu-
              lar  format  supported  by  the BFD libraries.  The
              script command OUTPUT_FORMAT can also  specify  the
              output format, but this option overrides it.

       -R filename
              Read  symbol  names  and their addresses from file-
              name, but do not relocate it or include it  in  the
              output.  This allows your output file to refer sym-
              bolically to absolute locations of  memory  defined
              in other programs.

       -relax An option with machine dependent effects.  Current-
              ly this option is only supported on the H8/300.

              On some platforms, use this option to perform glob-
              al  optimizations  that  become  possible  when the
              linker resolves addressing in your program, such as
              relaxing  address  modes  and  synthesizing new in-
              structions in the output object file.

              On platforms where this is not supported,  `-relax'
              is accepted, but has no effect.

       -r     Generates  relocatable  output--i.e.,  generate  an
              output file that can in turn serve as input to  ld.
              This  is  often  called partial linking.  As a side
              effect, in environments that support standard  Unix
              magic  numbers,  this  option  also sets the output
              file's magic number to OMAGIC.  If this  option  is
              not  specified, an absolute file is produced.  When
              linking C++ programs, this option will not  resolve
              references  to constructors; -Ur is an alternative.

              This option does the same as -i.

       -rpath directory
              Add a directory to the runtime library search path.
              This  is  used  when linking an ELF executable with
              shared objects.  All -rpath arguments are  concate-
              nated  and passed to the runtime linker, which uses
              them to locate  shared  objects  at  runtime.   The
              -rpath option is also used when locating shared ob-
              jects which are needed by shared objects explicitly
              included  in  the  link; see the description of the
              -rpath-link option.  If -rpath  is  not  used  when
              linking  an ELF executable, the contents of the en-
              vironment variable LD_RUN_PATH will be used  if  it
              is defined.

              The  -rpath  option  may also be used on SunOS.  By
              default, on SunOS, the linker will form  a  runtime
              search patch out of all the -L options it is given.
              If a -rpath option is used, the runtime search path
              will  be  formed  exclusively  using the -rpath op-
              tions, ignoring the -L options.  This can be useful
              when  using  gcc,  which adds many -L options which
              may be on NFS mounted filesystems.

       -rpath-link directory
              When using ELF or SunOS, one shared library may re-
              quire  another.   This  happens  when an ld -shared
              link includes a shared library as one of the  input

              When  the  linker encounters such a dependency when
              doing a non-shared, non-relocateable link, it  will
              automatically try to locate the required shared li-
              brary and include it in the link, if it is not  in-
              cluded explicitly.  In such a case, the -rpath-link
              option specifies the first set  of  directories  to
              search.   The  -rpath-link option may specify a se-
              quence of directory names either  by  specifying  a
              list  of names separated by colons, or by appearing
              multiple times.

              If the required shared library is  not  found,  the
              linker  will  issue a warning and continue with the

       -S     Omits debugger symbol information (but not all sym-
              bols) from the output file.

       -s     Omits  all symbol information from the output file.

              Create a shared library.  This  is  currently  only
              supported  on  ELF and SunOS platforms (on SunOS it
              is not required, as the linker  will  automatically
              create  a  shared  library when there are undefined
              symbols and the -e option is not used).

              Normally, when ld places the global common  symbols
              in  the  appropriate output sections, it sorts them
              by size.  First come all the one byte symbols, then
              all  the  two  bytes,  then all the four bytes, and
              then everything else.  This is to prevent gaps  be-
              tween  symbols  due to alignment constraints.  This
              option disables that sorting.

       -split-by-reloc count
              Trys to creates extra sections in the  output  file
              so  that  no single output section in the file con-
              tains more than count relocations.  This is  useful
              when  generating  huge  relocatable for downloading
              into certain real time kernels with the COFF object
              file  format; since COFF cannot represent more than
              65535 relocations in a single section.   Note  that
              this  will  fail  to  work with object file formats
              which do not support arbitrary sections.  The link-
              er  will not split up individual input sections for
              redistribution, so if a single input  section  con-
              tains  more  than count relocations one output sec-
              tion will contain that many relocations.

              Similar to -split-by-reloc but creates a new output
              section for each input file.

       -Tbss org

       -Tdata org

       -Ttext org
              Use org as the starting address for--respectively--
              the bss, data, or the text segment  of  the  output
              file.  textorg must be a hexadecimal integer.

       -T commandfile
              Equivalent to -c commandfile; supported for compat-
              ibility with other tools.

       -t     Prints names of input files as ld processes them.

       -u sym Forces sym to be entered in the output file  as  an
              undefined  symbol.   This may, for example, trigger
              linking of additional  modules  from  standard  li-
              braries.   -u may be repeated with different option
              arguments to enter additional undefined symbols.

       -Ur    For anything other than C++ programs,  this  option
              is  equivalent to -r: it generates relocatable out-
              put--i.e., an output file that can in turn serve as
              input  to  ld.  When linking C++ programs, -Ur will
              resolve references to constructors, unlike -r.

              Display the version number for ld and list the sup-
              ported  emulations.   Display which input files can
              and can not be opened.

       -v, -V Display the version number for ld.  The  -V  option
              also lists the supported emulations.

              Display the version number for ld and exit.

              Warn  when a common symbol is combined with another
              common symbol or with a  symbol  definition.   Unix
              linkers  allow  this  somewhat sloppy practice, but
              linkers on some other  operating  systems  do  not.
              This  option  allows you to find potential problems
              from combining global symbols.

              Warn if any global constructors are used.  This  is
              only  useful  for  a  few object file formats.  For
              formats like COFF or ELF, the linker can not detect
              the use of global constructors.

              Warn  if  the output file requires multiple global-
              pointer values.  This option is only meaningful for
              certain processors, such as the Alpha.

              Only  warn  once  for each undefined symbol, rather
              than once per module which refers to it.

              Warn if the address of an output section is changed
              because  of  alignment.   Typically,  the alignment
              will be set by an input section.  The address  will
              only  be  changed  if  it not explicitly specified;
              that is, if the SECTIONS command does not specify a
              start address for the section.

              For  each archive mentioned on the command line af-
              ter the --whole-archive option, include  every  ob-
              ject  file  in the archive in the link, rather than
              searching  the  archive  for  the  required  object
              files.   This  is  normally used to turn an archive
              file into a shared library, forcing every object to
              be included in the resulting shared library.

              Turn  off  the effect of the --whole-archive option
              for archives which  appear  later  on  the  command

       --wrap symbol
              Use  a  wrapper function for symbol.  Any undefined
              reference to symbol will be resolved to __wrap_sym-
              bol.  Any undefined reference to __real_symbol will
              be resolved to symbol.

       -X     Delete all temporary local symbols.  For most  tar-
              gets,  this  is all local symbols whose names begin
              with `L'.

       -x     Delete all local symbols.

       You can change the behavior of  ld  with  the  environment
       variable GNUTARGET.

       GNUTARGET  determines  the input-file object format if you
       don't use -b (or its synonym -format).  Its  value  should
       be  one of the BFD names for an input format.  If there is
       no GNUTARGET in the environment, ld uses the natural  for-
       mat  of  the host. If GNUTARGET is set to default then BFD
       attempts to discover the input format by examining  binary
       input files; this method often succeeds, but there are po-
       tential ambiguities, since there is no method of  ensuring
       that  the magic number used to flag object-file formats is
       unique.  However, the configuration procedure for  BFD  on
       each system places the conventional format for that system
       first in the search-list, so ambiguities are  resolved  in
       favor of convention.

       `ld' and `binutils' entries in info
       ld:  the  GNU  linker, Steve Chamberlain and Roland Pesch;
       The GNU Binary Utilities, Roland H. Pesch.

       Copyright (c) 1991, 1992 Free Software Foundation, Inc.

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