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What is the file /etc/ld.so.nohwcap used for?. In my machine (Debian 7), this file is not found. Therefore, Which package or library this file belongs to?

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It doesn't belong to any package. It's a configuration file you create to modify the behaviour of the dynamic linker.

man ld.so provides the detail.

/etc/ld.so.nohwcap

When this file is present the dynamic linker will load the non-optimized version of a library, even if the CPU supports the optimized version.

Although no reference is made to the file in man ld.so on Jessie (Debian 8), the behaviour has not changed.

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    The behaviour hasn't changed in Debian 8, just the documentation. – Stephen Kitt Mar 23 '17 at 12:03
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    I agree, the behavior doesn't seem to have changed. According to strace, at least one program still checks for that file when loading: ls. – daveloyall Nov 21 '17 at 17:49
  • @daveloyall, it is not the ls program that is checking for this file,. but the dynamic linker ld.so which is used in almost any program, including ls. – Juergen Mar 1 at 14:59
  • Yes, exactly. Thank you for stating it clearly! – daveloyall Mar 1 at 15:06

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