On some older UNIX systems, ranlib added a table of contents to archive libraries, which converted each archive to a form that could be linked more rapidly. This is no longer needed as the ar command automatically provides all the functionality ranlib used to provide.
This command is provided as a convenience for software developers who need to maintain Makefiles that are portable across a variety of operating systems.
ranlib always returns an exit status of 0.
All UNIX systems. Windows XP. Windows Server 2003. Windows Vista. Windows 7. Windows Server 2008. Windows 8. Windows Server 2012.
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