ranlib - convert archives to random libraries
The ranlib utility was used in SunOS 4.x to add a table of contents to archive libraries, which converted each archive to a form that could be linked more rapidly. This is no longer needed, as the ar(1) command automatically provides all the functionality ranlib used to provide.
Under Oracle Solaris, the ranlib utility is equivalent to calling the true utility. It has no effect, and its use can be safely omitted. This script is provided as a convenience for software developers who need to maintain Makefiles that are portable across a variety of operating systems.
ranlib has exit status 0.
See attributes(7) for descriptions of the following attributes: