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

Mel fbsd.questions at
Fri Apr 11 20:13:13 UTC 2008

On Friday 11 April 2008 16:42:57 Shelby Cain wrote:
> On Fri, 2008-04-11 at 00:35 +0200, Mel wrote:
> > It translates to "be verbose about restoring factory settings", because
> > without arguments it will restore the built-in set.
> Why does "factory settings" not include scanning the built-in system
> library path /usr/lib?  From the man page, it would seem that if I truly
> wanted to remove all runtime information I'd want to run something along
> the lines of ldconfig -s.  Am I misreading something?

It should, otherwise it's a bug in either the manpage or ldconfig.

> Also, under what circumstances does -v actually do something?  I can't
> seem to find a case where -v actually alters the output of ldconfig.

When it does something. For example, if your cache contains and 
you installed /usr/local/lib/, then ldconfig -vm /usr/local/lib 
will print:
Updating to /usr/local/lib/


Problem with today's modular software: they start with the modules
    and never get to the software part.

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