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Shared library support for GNU
This file documents GNU Libtool, a script that allows package
developers to provide generic shared library support. This edition
documents version 1.4.2a.
Note: Reporting bugs, for information on how to report problems
Introduction What the heck is libtool?
Libtool paradigm How libtool's view of libraries is different.
Using libtool Example of using libtool to build libraries.
Invoking libtool Running the `libtool' script.
Integrating libtool Using libtool in your own packages.
Versioning Using library interface versions.
Library tips Tips for library interface design.
Inter-library dependencies Libraries that depend on other libraries.
Dlopened modules `dlopen'ing libtool-created libraries.
Using libltdl Libtool's portable `dlopen' wrapper library.
Other languages Using libtool without a C compiler.
Troubleshooting When libtool doesn't work as advertised.
Maintaining Information used by the libtool maintainer.
GNU Free Documentation License License for this manual.
Index Full index.
Motivation Why does GNU need a libtool?
Issues The problems that need to be addressed.
Other implementations How other people have solved these issues.
Postmortem Learning from past difficulties.
Creating object files Compiling object files for libraries.
Linking libraries Creating libraries from object files.
Linking executables Linking object files against libtool libraries.
Debugging executables Running GDB on libtool-generated programs.
Installing libraries Making libraries available to users.
Installing executables Making programs available to users.
Static libraries When shared libraries are not wanted.
Compile mode Creating library object files.
Link mode Generating executables and libraries.
Execute mode Debugging libtool-generated programs.
Install mode Making libraries and executables public.
Finish mode Completing a library installation.
Uninstall mode Removing installed executables and libraries.
Clean mode Removing uninstalled executables and libraries.
Integrating libtool with your package
Makefile rules Writing `Makefile' rules for libtool.
Using Automake Automatically supporting libtool.
Configuring Configuring libtool for a host system.
Distributing What files to distribute with your package.
Static-only libraries Sometimes shared libraries are just a pain.
AC_PROG_LIBTOOL Configuring `libtool' in `configure.in'.
Including libtool in your package
Invoking libtoolize `libtoolize' command line options.
Autoconf .o macros Autoconf macros that set object file names.
Library interface versions
Interfaces What are library interfaces?
Libtool versioning Libtool's versioning system.
Updating version info Changing version information before releases.
Release numbers Breaking binary compatibility for aesthetics.
Tips for interface design
C header files How to write portable include files.
Building modules Creating dlopenable objects and libraries.
Dlpreopening Dlopening that works on static platforms.
Finding the dlname Choosing the right file to `dlopen'.
Dlopen issues Unresolved problems that need your attention.
Libltdl interface How to use libltdl in your programs.
Modules for libltdl Creating modules that can be `dlopen'ed.
Thread Safety in libltdl Registering callbacks for multi-thread safety.
User defined module data Associating data with loaded modules.
Module loaders for libltdl Creating user defined module loaders.
Distributing libltdl How to distribute libltdl with your package.
Using libtool with other languages
Libtool test suite Libtool's self-tests.
Reporting bugs How to report problems with libtool.
The libtool test suite
Test descriptions The contents of the test suite.
When tests fail What to do when a test fails.
Maintenance notes for libtool
New ports How to port libtool to new systems.
Tested platforms When libtool was last tested.
Platform quirks Information about different library systems.
libtool script contents Configuration information that libtool uses.
Cheap tricks Making libtool maintainership easier.
Porting libtool to new systems
Information sources Where to find relevant documentation
Porting inter-library dependencies Implementation details explained
References Finding more information.
Compilers Creating object files from source files.
Reloadable objects Binding object files together.
Multiple dependencies Removing duplicate dependant libraries.
Archivers Programs that create static archives.
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