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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2006

    Unanswered: Difference between libraries files


    Recently I faced a problem in running a shell script from the cron that executes a certain informix script using sacego. After investigations I knew that I should create symbolic links in /usr/lib to $INFORMIX/lib/esql/libif*.so, in this directory I notice that there are files with extension ".a".

    I would like to know what is the difference between the files with extensions ".so" and the files with extension ".a", and what relation do they have?

    Best regards,
    Jihad Daouk

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Jundiai / SP - Brasil
    I not sure...but this is library to differs SO...
    César Inacio Martins
    Jundiai / SP - Brasil - em Português - English (translated by Google).

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    I think this not belong to this forum

    *.a files are mostly static libraries
    *.so files are mostly dynamic libraries

    linking to static libraries includes the actual code for the library functions/procedures with the executable and
    its size will be large when compared to an executable which uses dynamic libraries.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2006

    Differencies in library files

    Thank you stanislav,

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