RANLIB linux command manual

RANLIB(1)              GNU Development Tools                   RANLIB(1)

       ranlib - generate index to archive.

       ranlib [-vV] archive

       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.

           Show the version number of ranlib.

       ar(1), nm(1), and the Info entries for binutils.

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binutils-              2004-05-04                        RANLIB(1)