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       ar - create, modify, and	extract	from archives

       ar [--plugin name] [-X32_64] [-]p[mod [relpos] [count]] archive

       The GNU ar program creates, modifies, and extracts from archives.  An
       archive is a single file	holding	a collection of	other files in a
       structure that makes it possible	to retrieve the	original individual
       files (called members of	the archive).

       The original files' contents, mode (permissions), timestamp, owner, and
       group are preserved in the archive, and can be restored on extraction.

       GNU ar can maintain archives whose members have names of	any length;
       however,	depending on how ar is configured on your system, a limit on
       member-name length may be imposed for compatibility with	archive
       formats maintained with other tools.  If	it exists, the limit is	often
       15 characters (typical of formats related to a.out) or 16 characters
       (typical	of formats related to coff).

       ar is considered	a binary utility because archives of this sort are
       most often used as libraries holding commonly needed subroutines.

       ar creates an index to the symbols defined in relocatable object
       modules in the archive when you specify the modifier s.	Once created,
       this index is updated in	the archive whenever ar	makes a	change to its
       contents	(save for the q	update operation).  An archive with such an
       index speeds up linking to the library, and allows routines in the
       library to call each other without regard to their placement in the

       You may use nm -s or nm --print-armap to	list this index	table.	If an
       archive lacks the table,	another	form of	ar called ranlib can be	used
       to add just the table.

       GNU ar can optionally create a thin archive, which contains a symbol
       index and references to the original copies of the member files of the
       archives.  Such an archive is useful for	building libraries for use
       within a	local build, where the relocatable objects are expected	to
       remain available, and copying the contents of each object would only
       waste time and space.  Thin archives are	also flattened,	so that	adding
       one or more archives to a thin archive will add the elements of the
       nested archive individually.  The paths to the elements of the archive
       are stored relative to the archive itself.

       GNU ar is designed to be	compatible with	two different facilities.  You
       can control its activity	using command-line options, like the different
       varieties of ar on Unix systems;	or, if you specify the single command-
       line option -M, you can control it with a script	supplied via standard
       input, like the MRI "librarian" program.

       GNU ar allows you to mix	the operation code p and modifier flags	mod in
       any order, within the first command-line	argument.

       If you wish, you	may begin the first command-line argument with a dash.

       The p keyletter specifies what operation	to execute; it may be any of
       the following, but you must specify only	one of them:

       d   Delete modules from the archive.  Specify the names of modules to
	   be deleted as member...; the	archive	is untouched if	you specify no
	   files to delete.

	   If you specify the v	modifier, ar lists each	module as it is

       m   Use this operation to move members in an archive.

	   The ordering	of members in an archive can make a difference in how
	   programs are	linked using the library, if a symbol is defined in
	   more	than one member.

	   If no modifiers are used with "m", any members you name in the
	   member arguments are	moved to the end of the	archive; you can use
	   the a, b, or	i modifiers to move them to a specified	place instead.

       p   Print the specified members of the archive, to the standard output
	   file.  If the v modifier is specified, show the member name before
	   copying its contents	to standard output.

	   If you specify no member arguments, all the files in	the archive
	   are printed.

       q   Quick append; Historically, add the files member... to the end of
	   archive, without checking for replacement.

	   The modifiers a, b, and i do	not affect this	operation; new members
	   are always placed at	the end	of the archive.

	   The modifier	v makes	ar list	each file as it	is appended.

	   Since the point of this operation is	speed, the archive's symbol
	   table index is not updated, even if it already existed; you can use
	   ar s	or ranlib explicitly to	update the symbol table	index.

	   However, too	many different systems assume quick append rebuilds
	   the index, so GNU ar	implements q as	a synonym for r.

       r   Insert the files member... into archive (with replacement). This
	   operation differs from q in that any	previously existing members
	   are deleted if their	names match those being	added.

	   If one of the files named in	member... does not exist, ar displays
	   an error message, and leaves	undisturbed any	existing members of
	   the archive matching	that name.

	   By default, new members are added at	the end	of the file; but you
	   may use one of the modifiers	a, b, or i to request placement
	   relative to some existing member.

	   The modifier	v used with this operation elicits a line of output
	   for each file inserted, along with one of the letters a or r	to
	   indicate whether the	file was appended (no old member deleted) or

       s   Add an index	to the archive,	or update it if	it already exists.
	   Note	this command is	an exception to	the rule that there can	only
	   be one command letter, as it	is possible to use it as either	a
	   command or a	modifier.  In either case it does the same thing.

       t   Display a table listing the contents	of archive, or those of	the
	   files listed	in member... that are present in the archive.
	   Normally only the member name is shown; if you also want to see the
	   modes (permissions),	timestamp, owner, group, and size, you can
	   request that	by also	specifying the v modifier.

	   If you do not specify a member, all files in	the archive are

	   If there is more than one file with the same	name (say, fie)	in an
	   archive (say	b.a), ar t b.a fie lists only the first	instance; to
	   see them all, you must ask for a complete listing---in our example,
	   ar t	b.a.

       x   Extract members (named member) from the archive.  You can use the v
	   modifier with this operation, to request that ar list each name as
	   it extracts it.

	   If you do not specify a member, all files in	the archive are

	   Files cannot	be extracted from a thin archive.

       A number	of modifiers (mod) may immediately follow the p	keyletter, to
       specify variations on an	operation's behavior:

       a   Add new files after an existing member of the archive.  If you use
	   the modifier	a, the name of an existing archive member must be
	   present as the relpos argument, before the archive specification.

       b   Add new files before	an existing member of the archive.  If you use
	   the modifier	b, the name of an existing archive member must be
	   present as the relpos argument, before the archive specification.
	   (same as i).

       c   Create the archive.	The specified archive is always	created	if it
	   did not exist, when you request an update.  But a warning is	issued
	   unless you specify in advance that you expect to create it, by
	   using this modifier.

       D   Operate in deterministic mode.  When	adding files and the archive
	   index use zero for UIDs, GIDs, timestamps, and use consistent file
	   modes for all files.	 When this option is used, if ar is used with
	   identical options and identical input files,	multiple runs will
	   create identical output files regardless of the input files'
	   owners, groups, file	modes, or modification times.

       f   Truncate names in the archive.  GNU ar will normally	permit file
	   names of any	length.	 This will cause it to create archives which
	   are not compatible with the native ar program on some systems.  If
	   this	is a concern, the f modifier may be used to truncate file
	   names when putting them in the archive.

       i   Insert new files before an existing member of the archive.  If you
	   use the modifier i, the name	of an existing archive member must be
	   present as the relpos argument, before the archive specification.
	   (same as b).

       l   This	modifier is accepted but not used.

       N   Uses	the count parameter.  This is used if there are	multiple
	   entries in the archive with the same	name.  Extract or delete
	   instance count of the given name from the archive.

       o   Preserve the	original dates of members when extracting them.	 If
	   you do not specify this modifier, files extracted from the archive
	   are stamped with the	time of	extraction.

       P   Use the full	path name when matching	names in the archive.  GNU ar
	   can not create an archive with a full path name (such archives are
	   not POSIX complaint), but other archive creators can.  This option
	   will	cause GNU ar to	match file names using a complete path name,
	   which can be	convenient when	extracting a single file from an
	   archive created by another tool.

       s   Write an object-file	index into the archive,	or update an existing
	   one,	even if	no other change	is made	to the archive.	 You may use
	   this	modifier flag either with any operation, or alone.  Running ar
	   s on	an archive is equivalent to running ranlib on it.

       S   Do not generate an archive symbol table.  This can speed up
	   building a large library in several steps.  The resulting archive
	   can not be used with	the linker.  In	order to build a symbol	table,
	   you must omit the S modifier	on the last execution of ar, or	you
	   must	run ranlib on the archive.

       T   Make	the specified archive a	thin archive.  If it already exists
	   and is a regular archive, the existing members must be present in
	   the same directory as archive.

       u   Normally, ar	r... inserts all files listed into the archive.	 If
	   you would like to insert only those of the files you	list that are
	   newer than existing members of the same names, use this modifier.
	   The u modifier is allowed only for the operation r (replace).  In
	   particular, the combination qu is not allowed, since	checking the
	   timestamps would lose any speed advantage from the operation	q.

       v   This	modifier requests the verbose version of an operation.	Many
	   operations display additional information, such as filenames
	   processed, when the modifier	v is appended.

       V   This	modifier shows the version number of ar.

       ar ignores an initial option spelt -X32_64, for compatibility with AIX.
       The behaviour produced by this option is	the default for	GNU ar.	 ar
       does not	support	any of the other -X options; in	particular, it does
       not support -X32	which is the default for AIX ar.

       The optional command line switch	--plugin name causes ar	to load	the
       plugin called name which	adds support for more file formats.  This
       option is only available	if the toolchain has been built	with plugin
       support enabled.

	   Read	command-line options from file.	 The options read are inserted
	   in place of the original @file option.  If file does	not exist, or
	   cannot be read, then	the option will	be treated literally, and not

	   Options in file are separated by whitespace.	 A whitespace
	   character may be included in	an option by surrounding the entire
	   option in either single or double quotes.  Any character (including
	   a backslash)	may be included	by prefixing the character to be
	   included with a backslash.  The file	may itself contain additional
	   @file options; any such options will	be processed recursively.

       nm(1), ranlib(1), and the Info entries for binutils.

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binutils-2.21.1			  2011-06-27				 AR(1)


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