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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 pattern] [-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 variables 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 variables 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 package.

· 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 well.


The following options are supported:

-k Keep on checking binaries even if there are serious errors (dynamic linker reports
unresolved symbols, 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 example,

-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

-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 (public 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
information from dbfile should be used. Lines in dbfile can be of one of these


library must be the full path to the library to be specified (it cannot be a

The first form marks symbol as private.

The second form marks symbol with class where class may be public, private, or

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 symbol 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 (from library
versioning, obtainable from 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 ignored.

-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 symbols. 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 entirely.

-j njobs
Run njobs in parallel as separate processes. Implies -k. Primarily 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

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 otherwise unstable to
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 used:

If the dynamic linker could not resolve N symbols when ldd -r was run:

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


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 detected.


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 Guide"
answerbook at the URL 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.

To recurse directories use 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 - ...

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