gcc library and linker documentation

Justin Findlay findlay@cosmic.utah.edu
Mon Dec 15 16:48:00 GMT 2003

On Mon, 15 Dec 2003, Eljay Love-Jensen wrote:

> Hi Joseph,
> >how to search and get relevant documentation for using certain functions
> Stroustrup's C++ Programming Language (3rd ed or Special ed).
> Cline, Lomow, Girou's C++ FAQs (2nd ed).

//although the STL documented is a little older than the ANSI/ISO C++
/*MSDN also has some instructive pedagogical examples*/

> >I'm unclear as to when I would need to use the L option to specify libraries 
> on the command line.
> The -L option is used to specify the path which libraries are located.  For instance, if you had some libraries at ~jolic/3party/hotdog you could specify -L~jolic/3party/hotdog and GCC would use that path location to resolve the -lhotdog library.
> Without the -L~jolic/3party/hotdog, GCC wouldn't know to check in that location for libhotdog.so or libhotdog.a.
> >Do you know of any tutorials on the internet that would cover these kinds of  fundamentals.
> <http://gcc.gnu.org/onlinedocs/>


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