Confused about /usr/bin/nm, linker, and stripped libs

John Ellson ellson at
Sat Apr 29 14:44:22 UTC 2006

These days rpm installs most libs stripped of their symbols, which is 
fine as it makes them smaller and presumably load faster.

But how does the linker resolve symbols against stripped libs?   And if 
the linker can do it, why can't /usr/bin/nm ?


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