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        abicheck  - check application binaries for calls to private or evolving
        symbols in libraries and for static linking of some system libraries.


        abicheck [-h] [-k] [-a] [-I] [-v] [-f listfile] [-o outfile]  [-p  pat‐
        tern] [-e pattern] [-j njobs] [-l library] [-L ldpath] [(-s|-S) dbfile]
        [(-d|-D) dbfile] [-O dbfile] [-A listfile] files


        abicheck is run on application binaries and  issues  warnings  whenever
        any of the following three conditions are detected:
        ·  Private  symbol  usage.  Private symbols are functions or data vari‐
        ables in a library package that are internal to that package. They  are
        used by the libraries in the package for internal communication and are
        not part of the API/ABI that application developers should use.
        · Evolving symbol usage.  Evolving symbols are functions or data  vari‐
        ables in a library package that are intended for developer consumption,
        but have been marked as "evolving" or "unstable" in the sense that they
        may  become incompatible or disappear on a later release of the library
        · Static linking.  Static linking of  system  libraries  (for  example,
        libc.a)  into  an  application is generally not a good idea because the
        system library code it "locks" into the application binary  may  become
        incompatible  with  later  releases of the system. abicheck attempts to
        detect static linking of a few system libraries.
        The default behavior is, for each binary  object  checked,  to  examine
        direct  calls  from  that  binary object only. The -l option allows the
        libraries the binary object brings in to have their  calls  checked  as


        The following options are supported:
        -k     Keep  on  checking  binaries  even  if  there are serious errors
ldd(1) failures,  no
               symbols detected).
        -h     Print out long form of help.
        -v     Verbose.  Print out additional information.
        -f listfile
               The  listfile  is  a file containing a list of binary objects to
               check, one per line. This list is appended to any files provided
               as  arguments  on  the  command  line.  If listfile is "-", then
               stdin is used.
        -o outfile
               Write output to outfile instead of stdout.
        -p pattern
               Modify the version name pattern match labelling private  version
               sets. Default is /private/ using a case-insensitive match.
               If  a  component  of  the regex pattern contains two colons in a
               row: patt1::patt2, then symbol-level matching will be  activated
               by  checking  whether version::symbol or library::symbol matches
               pattern (where the symbol name, version (if  any),  and  library
               basename are substituted for symbol, version, and library).  For
                   -p ’FOO_VERS.*::_foopriv’
                   -p ’libfoo.so.*::_foopriv’
        -e pattern
               Same as -p but  for "evolving" interfaces.
        -L ldpath
               Set the LD_LIBRARY_PATH environment variable  to  ldpath  before
               invoking dynamic linker.  Use -L "" to unset LD_LIBRARY_PATH.
               If  one  of  the components of ldpath is the string "find", then
               all shared libraries in files are found and their paths inserted
               into the "find" location.  Note that the order will random.
        -l library
               Add  the basename or full pathname of the shared library library
               to the list of objects to be checked for making  private  calls.
               This  option may occur more than once on the command line and is
               additive.  By default, only direct calls from a  binary  to  the
               system  libraries are checked.  The -l switch allows checking of
               indirect calls e.g.: app -> supportlib -> systemlib.
        -a     Loop through all of the binaries before checking and collect the
               list  of  all  shared objects.  Take the basename of each shared
               object found and act as though it  was  specified  with  the  -l
               option option and then run the abicheck checks.  This way, calls
               from all "application internal" objects are checked rather  than
               just  the direct calls.  (Useful when shared objects do not have
               their dependencies recorded.)
        -I     Ignore shared libraries in  checking,  only  check  executables.
               Compatible  with  -a,  libraries  will be searched for first but
               then not checked.
        -d dbfile, -D dbfile
               Specify fallback flat-file symbol database for the dynamic (pub‐
               lic  vs.  private)  test.  These classifications will be used if
               the library is not versioned (i.e. classification does not exist
               in  the  library itself).  Use -D to indicate that only informa‐
               tion from dbfile should be used.  Lines in dbfile can be of  one
               of these forms:
               library must be the full path to the library to be specified (it
               cannot be a basename).
               The first form marks symbol as private.
               The second form marks symbol with class where class may be  pub‐
               lic, private, or evolving.
               The  third  form  indicates  the  file  path should be opened on
               demand when library is first encountered.   File  path  contains
               lines  of the first two forms except for the library field.  The
               third form is a speedup to avoid processing many  classification
               lines for libraries never encountered in the run.
        -O dbfile
               Specify an override file to modify the symbol classification for
               the dynamic (public vs.  private)  test.   The  format  for  the
               override file is like:
               The  library  can  be  the full path or basename.  If library is
               "__SKIP__" the symbol will be ignored  for  any  library  it  is
               found  in.  The class can be "public", "private", "evolving", or
               "deleted".  The "deleted" class is special-cased, means the sym‐
               bol  was  deleted  from the library on some release.  The symbol
               "__ALL__" for the "deleted" class means the entire  library  was
               deleted or is otherwise unstable to use.
               These  settings  override  any classification inside the library
pvs(1), etc).
        -A listfile
               Set the ABI libraries of interest to  the  libraries  listed  in
               listfile  (full pathnames, one per line).  Only calls into these
               libraries will be checked;  all  other  library  calls  will  be
        -s dbfile, -S dbfile
               Specify  more  extensive symbol databases for the static linking
               test.  dbfile may be a comma separated list of files.  If a file
               is a static archive (lib*.a) it is processed to extract the sym‐
               bols.  Otherwise it is a database file consisting  of  lines  of
               the form symbol|library:module for example:
               When  all  symbols in a module.o are defined in the application,
               static  linking  of  that  module  (and  corresponding   library
               archive)  is  assumed.   Use -S to indicate that only the static
               link test should be performed.
               Use -S  int to do only the  static  link  check  and  using  the
               internal database.
               Use  -s   none  or  -S   none  to  skip the static linking check
        -j njobs
               Run njobs in parallel as separate processes.  Implies -k.   Pri‐
               marily  intended for multiple CPU machines where njobs should be
               close to the number of processors.  Output is collected  in  tmp
               files  and  printed  all at once near the end of the run as each
               job finishes.
               If njobs is "-", "detect", or "n", then njobs will be set  to  a
               number  depending  on  the  number  of processors on the current
               machine (if that can be determined).


        The following operands are supported:
        files  A list of application binary objects to check.


        There is one line per problem  (there  may  be  multiple  problems  per
        binary checked) which look like the following:
               If no problems were found:
                   filename: OK
               If private symbol usage:
                   filename: PRIVATE (library:private_version) private_sym
               If evolving symbol usage:
                   filename: EVOLVING (library:evolving_vers) evolving_sym
               If file statically linked in a system archive library:
                   filename: STATIC_LINK (archive)
               If checking of the file was skipped:
                   filename: SKIP (reason)
        Under  use  of  the deleted class in the -O override file option, these
        problems may be found:
               If a symbol has been deleted from the library on some release:
                   filename: DELETED_SYM: symbol/library
               (library will be "unbound" if the symbol was unbound)
               If an entire library has been deleted on some release or is oth‐
               erwise unstable to use:
                  filename: UNSTABLE_LIB: library-soname = library-path
               (library-path  may  be "file not found" if the library could not
               be found)
        The following problems will cause a fatal error unless the -k option is
               If  the  dynamic  linker could not resolve N symbols when ldd -r
               was run:
                   filename: UNBOUND_SYMBOLS: N
               If the dynamic linker found no dynamic bindings:
                   filename: NO_BINDINGS
               If ldd -r with LD_DEBUG=files,bindings failed:
                   filename: LDD_ERROR
        In these latter three cases run ldd -r on  the  binary  file  for  more
        information  on  what  went  wrong (note that abicheck runs ldd -r with
        LD_DEBUG=files,bindings set). On some systems the dynamic  linker  will
        not  process  SUID  programs with LD_DEBUG set (this usually results in
        NO_BINDINGS in the abicheck output).
        Note that if you are running abicheck on a shared library (for example,
        libfoo.so)  that  has  not  been  built with -l lib flags to record its
        library dependencies,  then  the  "unbound  symbols"  problem  is  very
        likely.  There  is  not  much  that  can be done besides rebuilding the
        library or checking an application binary that  uses  the  library  and
        using the -l option of abicheck.
        The following exit values are returned:
        0      No errors and no problems found.
        1      A fatal error occurred.
        2      No  fatal  errors  occurred,  but  some  binaries  had  problems


        Only ELF objects are checked.
        In the -s -S -d and -O dbfiles the ’#’ character starts a comment  line
        in the usual way.
        Unless  one  is using the "::" custom matches supplied via the -p or -e
        flags, abicheck can only check against system libraries that  have  had
        symbol  versioning  applied  to  them (i.e. the private and/or evolving
        information recorded for each symbol in the library itself).  For  more
        info  about  symbol  versioning,  see the "Solaris Linker and Libraries
http://docs.sun.com/ab2/coll.45.13 and the
        Commands/Version-Script section of the GNU linker "ld" info page.
        The  default symbol version name matching patterns are case insensitive
        matches to the strings "private" and "evolving"  for  the  private  and
        evolving cases, respectively.
        Odd  filenames containing the single-quote character or newline will be
        skipped; such characters interfere with calling commands via the shell.
find(1) and either collect the output to a
        file for use with the -f option, or in a pipe in via:
                find ... | abicheck -f - ...


        The program is dependent on the form of the runtime linker’s debug out‐
        put.   Since  this  output is intended to be human readable rather than
        machine readable,  abicheck  will  break  whenever  the  output  format
        changes.   On Solaris it is possible that the Link Auditing C interface
        could be used to avoid this problem.
ldd(1) is run on a SUID binary, it (ldd and the  dynamic-
        linker)  will  sometimes  actually  run  the binary. On Linux SUID/SGID
        binaries are currently skipped even if the user is root; test  unprivi‐
        leged copies instead.


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