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USELIB(2)		   Linux Programmers Manual		    USELIB(2)

       uselib - load shared library


       int uselib(const char *library);

       The  system call uselib() serves to load a shared library to be used by
       the calling process.  It is given a pathname.   The  address  where  to
       load  is  found in the library itself.  The library can have any recog
       nized binary format.

       On success, zero is returned.  On error, -1 is returned, and  errno  is
       set appropriately.

       In  addition to all of the error codes returned by open(2) and mmap(2),
       the following may also be returned:

       EACCES The library specified by library does not have read  or  execute
	      permission,  or  the  caller does not have search permission for
	      one of the directories in the path prefix.  (See also path_reso

       ENFILE The  system  limit  on  the  total number of open files has been

	      The file specified by library is	not  an  executable  of  known
	      type, e.g., does not have the correct magic numbers.

       uselib() is Linux-specific, and should not be used in programs intended
       to be portable.

       uselib() was used by  early  libc  startup  code  to  load  the	shared
       libraries with names found in an array of names in the binary.

       Since  libc  4.3.2,  startup  code  tries  to  prefix  these names with
       "/usr/lib", "/lib" and "" before giving up.  In libc  4.3.4  and  later
       these names are looked for in the directories found in LD_LIBRARY_PATH,
       and if not found there, prefixes "/usr/lib", "/lib" and "/" are	tried.

       From  libc  4.4.4  on  only the library "/lib/ld.so" is loaded, so that
       this dynamic library can load the  remaining  libraries	needed	(again
       using this call).  This is also the state of affairs in libc5.

       glibc2 does not use this call.

       ar(1),  gcc(1),	ld(1),	ldd(1), mmap(2), open(2), dlopen(3), capabili
       ties(7), ld.so(8)

       This page is part of release 3.05 of the Linux  man-pages  project.   A
       description  of	the project, and information about reporting bugs, can
       be found at http://www.kernel.org/doc/man-pages/.

Linux				  2005-01-09			     USELIB(2)

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