Linker and Libraries Guide

Locating Shared Object Dependencies

When linking a dynamic executable, one or more shared objects are explicitly referenced. These objects are recorded as dependencies within the dynamic executable.

The runtime linker uses this dependency information to locate, and load, the associated objects. These dependencies are processed in the same order as the dependencies were referenced during the link-edit of the executable.

Once all the dynamic executable's dependencies are loaded, each dependency is inspected, in the order the dependency is loaded, to locate any additional dependencies. This process continues until all dependencies are located and loaded. This technique results in a breadth-first ordering of all dependencies.