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How do you relink an existing .so?

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Alright, you people who link you know unix .. time to see what yur all about. ;)
Actually, I'm not even sure if this is possible, but ldd seems to indicate that some shared object file I have that I got from a third party as an API for one of their products can't find any of the symbols in libc.so .... ie, I get

$ ldd -r foobar.so

symbol not found: putf            (./foobar)
symbol not found: printf      (./foobar)

etc, etc  for another 300 or so lines (it prints an error everytime it encounters a referenace, even if it's complained about that symbol not having been found before) ..... my LD_LIBRARY_PATH is set, but from my understanding, there is no way this .so should be blind to any of the libc symbols .. so why is it? How can I fix it?

(Heh, I'd offer more for the answer, but I only got 35 points left. Besides, you do it for the prestige, don't ya? ;)
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by:notanexpert
ID: 1295024
Oh, by the way, I'm running Solaris 2.5.1.
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by:Rajkumar_R
ID: 1295025
Using the -d or -r  option  with  shared  objects  can  give
misleading  results.   ldd does a ``worst case'' analysis of
the shared objects.  However, in practice some or all of the
symbols  reported  as unresolved can be resolved by the exe-
cutable file referencing the shared object.                      

Succeeds quietly if dependencies do not exit.  

This is a part of the man page for ldd. Just remove the -r option and those messages should go away.    
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by:notanexpert
ID: 1295026
I'd give you the points, but I already knew this ... I was wondering if there /was/ a way of directly linking an .so so I don't even have to be concerned about whether the executable is picking up the symbols.
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rgmisra earned 60 total points
ID: 1295027
Well, this won't effect what ldd returns, but may effect running
programs. Setting the LD_PRELOAD variable will fore the dynamic
linker to link in a specific object/library. You may also be able
to use an /etc/ld.preload file, although I'm not sure Solaris
supports this.
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by:notanexpert
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Well, here ya go. Not too bad. It actually ended up not mattering in the end .. I got it working, and ldd will still complain if I check it for symbols.

Anywho, the info wasn't bad. Thanks.
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by:rgmisra
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Thank you! What did the problem turn out to be?
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by:notanexpert
ID: 1295030
A stupid permission problem ... when the webserver loaded the .so, the .so's working directory was that of the web server .. not where it was residing in the directory structure. And my .so was trying to write to it's pwd .. which ended up being not where I thought it was, and consequently didn't have the permissions I thought it did. :)

Turns out just becaose ldd can't find those symbols, it's not a problem .. the .so finds them when it's loaded anyhow. <shrug> :)
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