linux gnu tutorial - How to print the ld(linker) search path

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I'm not sure that there is any option for simply printing the full effective search path.

But: the search path consists of directories specified by -L options on the command line, followed by directories added to the search path by SEARCH_DIR("...") directives in the linker script(s). So you can work it out if you can see both of those, which you can do as follows:

If you're invoking ld directly:

  • The -L options are whatever you've said they are.
  • To see the linker script, add the --verbose option. Look for the SEARCH_DIR("...") directives, usually near the top of the output. (Note that these are not necessarily the same for every invocation of ld -- the linker has a number of different built-in default linker scripts, and chooses between them based on various other linker options.)

If you're linking via gcc:

  • You can pass the -v option to gcc so that it shows you how it invokes the linker. In fact, it normally does not invoke ld directly, but indirectly via a tool called collect2 (which lives in one of its internal directories), which in turn invokes ld. That will show you what -L options are being used.
  • You can add -Wl,--verbose to the gcc options to make it pass --verbose through to the linker, to see the linker script as described above.
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What is the way to print the search paths that in looked by ld in the order it searches.

The most compatible command I've found for gcc and clang on Linux (thanks to armando.sano):

$ gcc -m64 -Xlinker --verbose  2>/dev/null | grep SEARCH | sed 's/SEARCH_DIR("=\?\([^"]\+\)"); */\1\n/g'  | grep -vE '^$'

if you give -m32, it will output the correct library directories.

Examples on my machine:

for g++ -m64:


for g++ -m32:


Mac version: $ ld -v 2, don't know how to get detailed paths. output

Library search paths:
Framework search paths: