Invoking ldconfig without arguments wipes all hints and makes me very sad

Edward Capriolo edlinuxguru at
Thu Apr 10 22:07:18 UTC 2008

The command

ldconfig -v

Wipes your hints without saying a thing about it. I would not call
that verbose. If you want to know what I think it should output I

ldconfig -v
Number of paths specified 0
News Hints Size: 0

On Thu, Apr 10, 2008 at 5:44 PM, Shelby Cain <scain at> wrote:
>  On Thu, 2008-04-10 at 23:09 +0200, Mel wrote:
>  >
>  > First of all, running ldconfig without arguments does nothing bad. Running
>  > ldconfig without flags and with arguments does.
>  >
>  > Secondly, what is the command:
>  > ldconfig /usr/lib
>  >
>  > supposed to do, according to newbie friendly logic?
>  > Because it should be possible to "just have the linker create hints for one
>  > directory".
>  >
>  Your example seems perfectly reasonable should one wish to create hints
>  for only one directory.
>  However, in my particular case it seems that my blunder of running
>  ldconfig -v (and not ldconfig by itself as I had assumed - my bad) is
>  sufficient to render it impossible to log in as my regular user account
>  since I had set my default login shell to bash.  That, in conjunction
>  with root being disallowed by default in sshd effectively locked me out
>  of my machine once I closed my only open ssh session.
>  Modifying my original suggestion slightly, is there any reason why it
>  would be a bad thing for ldconfig to assume -r when either -v with no
>  other arguments (or no arguments at all) is passed to ldconfig or is
>  there some specific reason for the current behavior?
>  Regards,
>  Shelby Cain

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