Tools to modify shared libraries

Marcel Moolenaar marcel at
Tue Jun 17 09:01:47 PDT 2003

On Tue, Jun 17, 2003 at 08:49:23AM -0700, Joe Kelsey wrote:
> Marcel Moolenaar wrote:
> >On Tue, Jun 17, 2003 at 06:38:29AM -0700, Joe Kelsey wrote:
> >
> >>Basically, what I want to do is remove several entries from the *front* 
> >>of the dynamic section.  Actually, I would settle for just removing all 
> >>of a certain tag (such as DT_NEEDED) from the dynamic section.
> >
> >
> >It's more constructive to fix the linker than it is to patch the
> >ELF files created by it. The linker knows which libraries are
> >really needed and should be able to create the minimal list of
> >(true) dependencies.
> This cannot be accomplished by fixing the linker.  The issue is one of 
> attempting to use a *linux* shared library in a native application. 

Linux uses the same linker (GNU ld). Fixing the linker will have the
same effect on Linux as it will have on FreeBSD and hence will prevent
unnecessary dependencies in Linux libraries to Linux libraries and
thus remove the need to patch ELF files in the long run.

 Marcel Moolenaar	  USPA: A-39004		 marcel at

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