libgcc_s : What links to it and why?

Jeff Blaine
Thu Nov 2 18:23:00 GMT 2006

Ian Lance Taylor wrote:
> Jeff Blaine <> writes:
>> Hi Ian, thanks for the reply.
>>>> I didn't get an answer to my previous long post about the
>>>> problem I am having, so I figured I would try asking
>>>> more direct questions:
>>>> What, in GCC, makes the determination to link in -lgcc?
>>> -lgcc is always linked in.
>>> I assume you are asking: what decides whether to link it statically
>>> or
>>> dynamically?  That is controlled by the -static-libgcc and
>>> -shared-libgcc options, q.v.
>> I forgot to mention this below -- I also tried LDFLAGS="-static-libgcc"
>> and watched it be referenced/used during my build.  It did nothing.
>> The resulting build had linked.
> I have no explanation for this behaviour.  If you run the link command
> using the -v option, does it pass -lgcc_s to the linker?  Is there any
> chance that you somewhere have a file named  (You should
> normally have libgcc.a and

# make distclean, add -v to LDFLAGS, re-configure, make...
subversion-1.2.0:cairo> grep gcc_s make.log
subversion-1.2.0:cairo> grep lgcc make.log | wc -l

All 28 of those references to -lgcc are "-Bstatic -lgcc -Bdynamic"


subversion-1.2.0:cairo> ldd subversion/clients/cmdline/.libs/svn | grep 
libgcc =>         /usr/rcf/lib/

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