I have compiled a library and now I should run ldconfig. However, I would rather not modify /etc/ld.so.conf, nor any other system file. Is it possible to generate the cache somewhere else and then make it visible only while compiling selected programs? Or should I manually set LD_LIBRARY_PATH and LD_RUN_PATH for this purpose?


You can check for option -f of ldconfig:

-f conf
Use conf instead of /etc/ld.so.conf.

If you run:

ldconfig -f custom.conf

with user with enough privileges it will modify /etc/ld.so.cache. ld reads /etc/ld.so.cache and I don't think you can make it to read from different file.

As you don't want to modify system files you can do following:

gcc -W -Wall -L/path_to_your_library -lyour_library test.c -o testo

to build your testo.c


export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/path_to_your_library

to run it although setting of LD_LIBRARY_PATH help with debugging and to try out a newer version of a library its usage in the general development environment setup and deployment is considered bad. More you can check here.

Another approach could be using rpath:

gcc -L/path_to_your_library -Wl,-rpath=/path_to_your_library -W -Wall -o testo testo.c -lyour_library

With rpath method each program gets to list its shared library locations independently. Downsides: shared libraries should be installed in a fixed location. Also I've not tested but may be issues if library refers to a NFS mount.

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  • Thanks. But then, how will I make that cache visible to ld? With the @file option of ld, maybe? – Eleno Jul 1 '15 at 10:05
  • If you run ldconfig -f custom.conf as root it will modify /etc/ld.so.cache and it should be visisble. ld reads ld.so.cache and I don't think you can make it to read from different file, though with option -C of ldconfig you can create different cache file. – taliezin Jul 1 '15 at 10:28
  • But that would be exactly what I am trying to avoid: changing system files. Maybe I could set the -L and -l options of GCC, instead, basically doing by hand what ld does? – Eleno Jul 1 '15 at 10:42
  • @Elena, answer edited. – taliezin Jul 1 '15 at 11:28

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