This is my /etc/ld.so.conf

include /etc/ld.so.conf.d/*.conf

The directory /etc/ld.so.conf.d/ contains mysql-x86_64.conf which contains only this one line: /usr/lib64/mysql

The /usr/lib64/mysql directory [listed in the .conf file] contains these files:

total 45,961,216
drwxr-xr-x   2 root root      4,096 Apr 11 17:20 ./
drwxr-xr-x 121 root root     81,920 Mar 30 20:01 ../
-rw-r--r--   1 root root 28,951,398 Dec  9 21:40 libmysqlclient.a
lrwxrwxrwx   1 root root         20 Dec  9 21:56 libmysqlclient.so -> libmysqlclient.so.21*
lrwxrwxrwx   1 root root         25 Dec  9 21:56 libmysqlclient.so.21 -> libmysqlclient.so.21.1.19*
-rwxr-xr-x   1 root root 16,869,104 Dec  9 21:40 libmysqlclient.so.21.1.19*
-rw-r--r--   1 root root     44,910 Dec  9 21:36 libmysqlservices.a

Running ldconfig -p | grep mysql returns this:

    libmysqlclient.so.21 (libc6,x86-64) => /usr/lib64/mysql/libmysqlclient.so.21
    libmysqlclient.so (libc6,x86-64) => /usr/lib64/mysql/libmysqlclient.so

When I try to link a very small MySQL test program I get this error:

/usr/lib64/gcc/x86_64-suse-linux/9/../../../../x86_64-suse-linux/bin/ld: cannot find -lmysqlclient

Adding -L/usr/lib64/mysql to the linker works.

My question:

According to this answer and other documentation found on internet ldd is considering the content of the /etc/ld.so.conf file - why is in my case the content ignored? What am I doing wrong?

  • You shouldn't have to, but does it find the libraries and work if you start a new shell session? – Nasir Riley Apr 11 at 17:02
  • I don't think ldd (or, by extension, ldconfig) are involved at all in build-time linking - see for example ldconfig issue with non-standard lib directory in CentOS – steeldriver Apr 11 at 17:13
  • I think you may be confusing ldd and ld - they are different things, ldd is only used during dynamic loading of shared libraries at runtime, while ld is responsible for library linkage at build-time – steeldriver Apr 11 at 17:26
  • My comment still applies - ld.so.conf is the configuration file for the run-time dynamic linker ldd (well, really for ld-linux.so these days) and in spite of its name AFAIK has no part in how ld locates libraries at build time. – steeldriver Apr 11 at 17:55

ld.so.conf is the configuration file for ld.so, the runtime dynamic linker.

ld ignores it, intentionally. It has its own defaults, supplemented by -L. Typically the search path is also determined by the compiler driving it — see gcc -print-search-dirs for GCC.

LD_LIBRARY_PATH also only affects ld.so, not ld.

See also what are the executable ELF files respectively for static linker, dynamic linker, loader and dynamic loader?

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  • Thank you for the clarification. Apparently I got somehow confused by the very similar names. I understand now the difference. – Peter VARGA Apr 12 at 3:41

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