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I am having a rather puzzling problem. Recently, whenever I compile a program using GCC or G++, the compiler creates a shared library rather than an executable file. The library still runs if I execute it via CLI, but the system still treats it as a shared library in all other aspects. I have tested this problem with multiple files, and have found that while it always happens with GCC or G++, it never happens with clang. Help is appreciated. Thanks!

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  • You say "the system still treats it as a shared library in all other aspects". What specifically do you notice it doing? – Joseph Sible Mar 3 '17 at 19:53
  • Is this on Linux? What does file say on your object files? Can we see the command line that your compiler is used with? – dhag Mar 3 '17 at 20:08
  • @JosephSible Namely, when I click on the file, it says "Could not display <program name>. There is no application installed for "shared library" files." – Techgineer Mar 3 '17 at 21:09
  • @dhag file outputs the following: test.o: ELF 64-bit LSB relocatable, x86-64, version 1 (SYSV), not stripped. I compiled it with g++ -c test.cpp && g++ test.o -o test. – Techgineer Mar 3 '17 at 21:12
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    Can you confirm that the file has the execute bit set? If so, it seems like a bug in Nautilus (or whatever file manager you're using to try to open it), and not an issue with the compiler. – Joseph Sible Mar 3 '17 at 21:21

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