My application loads custom code using dlopen on the fly. For common symbols, the global symbol table is used by default.

However, I want to provide the functionality where - if the user has linked their so with -Bsymbolic-functions, I pass the RTLD_DEEPBIND flag to the dlopen function.

Is there a way I can programmatically know whether a .so is linked with -Bsymbolic-functions or not using C ?

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    My reading of the documentation on -Bsymbolic-functions and RTLD_DEEPBIND suggests to me that RTLD_DEEPBIND would do nothing for a library that had been linked with -Bsymbolic-functions because such a library would not contain any references to functions defined within itself: they would all have been already resolved to internal locations at link time! – Celada Sep 1 '15 at 6:44
  • @Celada , the behavior I am seeing is that if deliberately just pass RTLD_LAZY with a library that is deep bound, then the symbols are not loaded from within the .so in case of conflicts. I have to pass RTLD_DEEPBIND | RTLD_LAZY for such cases. – amisax Sep 1 '15 at 7:02
  • Hmm, I would have thought that couldn't happen because -Bsymbolic-functions would resolve internal references in a way that the runtime dynamic linker can't see them, can't even know that exist. So I have no idea what's going on and I hope someone with lots of ELF expertise will come along to help you. Good question, +1. – Celada Sep 1 '15 at 7:06

You can use the standard ELF program dump:

dump -Lv libxxx.so | grep SYMBOLIC

  • Is there a way I can get the same information using an API from C ? My question is specifically looking for a C API. – amisax Sep 3 '15 at 3:52
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    Did you check libelf? It may not be vailable in a GNU environment but it is the original ELF library from UNIX, OSS and free to use. – schily Sep 3 '15 at 10:12
  • libelf is available on GNU systems and AFAIK is a part of the GCC suite (otherwise GCC would not be able to build binaries :) ) – galaxy Sep 3 '15 at 13:24
  • I am not sure whether the GNU lib has the same content. as the Sun/AT&T lib. You may like to have a look into the man pages: schillix.sourceforge.net/man/man3elf – schily Sep 3 '15 at 13:37
  • libelf helped me to an extent , I will update the post soon with details. – amisax Sep 8 '15 at 10:29

There is a command named nm

nm - list symbols from object files

You can use the command

nm Absolute_path_of_.so_file_name | grep -i -Bsymbolic-functions
  • Is there a way I can get the same information using an API from C ? My question is specifically looking for a C API... – amisax Sep 3 '15 at 3:51

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