System Interface Guide

Shared Libraries

Time-sharing processes can save significant amounts of memory by using dynamically linked, shared libraries. This type of linking is implemented through a form of file mapping. Dynamically linked library routines cause implicit reads.

Real-time programs can use shared libraries, yet avoid dynamic binding, by setting the environment variable LD_BIND_NOW to a non-NULL value when the program is invoked. This forces all dynamic linking to be bound before the program begins execution. See the Linker and Libraries Guide for more information.