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Re: gcc and g++ compilation option to add -rpath (not in FAQ)

On Mar 21, 1999, Gerald Pfeifer <> wrote:

> On 19 Mar 1999, Alexandre Oliva wrote:
>> You can modify the specs file (installed in gcc-lib/*/*) so as to add
>> whatever options you want to the link command.  You may do that in the
>> *link or *lib spec, for example.  IMO, this tip should be added to the
>> FAQ.

> Would you mind adding it? ;-)  (Consider it approved, just send the patch
> to egcs-patches after installation.)

Ok, I'm installing the attached patch, after updating the `Last
modified' date.

Alexandre Oliva IC-Unicamp, Brasil
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 this was a bad idea, and so it was removed for Solaris.  We should
 not recreate it.
+<p>However, if you feel you really need such an option to be passed
+automatically to the linker, you may add it to the gcc specs file.
+This file can be found in the same directory that contains cc1 (run
+<code>gcc -print-prog-name=cc1</code> to find it).  You may add linker
+flags such as <code>-R</code> or <code>-rpath</code>, depending on
+platform and linker, to the <code>*link</code> or <code>*lib</code>
+<p>Another alterative is to install a wrapper script around gcc, g++
+or ld that adds the appropriate directory to the environment variable
+<code>LD_RUN_PATH</code> or equivalent (again, it's
+<p>Yet another option, that works on a few platforms, is to hard-code
+the full pathname of the library into its soname.  This can only be
+accomplished by modifying the appropriate <tt>.ml</tt> file within
+<tt>libstdc++/config</tt> (and also <tt>libg++/config</tt>, if you are
+building libg++), so that <code>$(libdir)/</code> appears just before
+the library name in <code>-soname</code> or <code>-h</code> options.
 <h2><a name="gas">GCC can not find GNU as/GNU ld</a></h2>
 <p>To ensure that EGCS finds the GNU assembler (the GNU loader), which

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