I have a program (which I will call foo here) compiled for x64 (my current arch). When I try to run it, it goes:

./foo: error while loading shared libraries: libgmp.so.3: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

Relevant part of locate output:


Looking around, I found the question Mint: correct way to install /lib/i386-linux-gnu/libgmp.so.3, whose author says: "I have a 32-bit binary that needs libgmp.so.3 on an x86_64 installation."  In that thread, they suggest installing the compiled for 32-bit version Ubuntu package, which I did, only to add /usr/lib/libgmp.so.3 and /usr/lib/libgmp.so.3.5.2 to locate libgmp and (as should be expected) change the error to

./foo: error while loading shared libraries: libgmp.so.3: wrong ELF class: ELFCLASS32

So I wrote the binary author, who very helpfully recompiled, but wrote me back saying the library is now 140 MB, so best option is I recompile myself.

Why isn't the binary dependency on libgmp.so.3 satisfied by libgmp.so.10?

Does this mean the software depends on a certain library version only? Couldn't this be "soft-coded"?

Does a shared library always break backwards compatibility with its previous version (I thought it didn't)?

My options as I perceive them are:

a. Downloading and compiling libgmp.so.3 for x64

b. Recompiling the software

c. Running risks: Would I be able to write a link to use libgmp.so.10 (as it were libgmp.so.3)?

Would them work? What would be pros/cons?


extra: ldd for the bin

linux-vdso.so.1 =>  (0x00007fff290fa000)
libresolv.so.2 => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libresolv.so.2 (0x00007f8061064000)
libpthread.so.0 => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libpthread.so.0 (0x00007f8060e46000)
libm.so.6 => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libm.so.6 (0x00007f8060b3f000)
libbz2.so.1 => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libbz2.so.1 (0x00007f806092f000)
llibz.so.1 => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libz.so.1 (0x00007f8060716000)
libgmp.so.3 => not found
libc.so.6 => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libc.so.6 (0x00007f8060350000)
/lib64/ld-linux-x86-64.so.2 (0x00007f80612a0000)
  • @G-Man thank you so much for the edit :)
    – cladelpino
    Oct 8, 2015 at 12:30

1 Answer 1


From your ldd output, it doesn't look like /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ is in the path that ld knows to search for shared libraries. You can check this by running ldconfig -v with superuser privileges, which will spit out a list of all the shared libraries LD can find. If you can't find libgmp in that list, you need to edit your /etc/ld.so.conf.d/[your-system-arch].conf to put /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ in the library search path.

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