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DenBeke

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Are there tools available that make an executable portable by getting all the libraries, putting them in a folder and change the paths in the executable?

I want to be able to give a folder with an executable to someone else, who hasn't any developer tools/SDK's.

How to solve this?
 

0d085d

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Apr 23, 2015
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Possibly with the patchelf tool: https://nixos.org/patchelf.html

You'll want to set the linker search path as in the example:

Code:
patchelf --set-rpath /opt/my-libs/lib:/foo/lib executable

You can list the libraries used by the executable if you don't already know them:

Code:
ldd executable
 

DenBeke

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Aug 11, 2011
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What does
Possibly with the patchelf tool: https://nixos.org/patchelf.html

You'll want to set the linker search path as in the example:

Code:
patchelf --set-rpath /opt/my-libs/lib:/foo/lib executable

You can list the libraries used by the executable if you don't already know them:

Code:
ldd executable

What does the tool actually do?
And I suppose I'll need to use otool on OS X, since ldd is for Linux?
 

0d085d

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Apr 23, 2015
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Sorry, my whole answer was Linux specific... clearly wasn't paying enough attention.

I *think* install_name_tool is what you need on OS X:

Code:
install_name_tool -add_rpath /path/to/library/files executable

And I suppose I'll need to use otool on OS X, since ldd is for Linux?

Yep.
Code:
otool -L executable
 
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DenBeke

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Sorry, my whole answer was Linux specific... clearly wasn't paying enough attention.

Well it's good to have the Linux solution as well :)

I was hoping for a fully automated solution, but no problem, I'll try to specify all library paths manually...
 

0d085d

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Apr 23, 2015
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You can just give the path to a directory containing the libraries - doesn't have to be each individual library.
 

960design

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Are there tools available that make an executable portable by getting all the libraries, putting them in a folder and change the paths in the executable?

I want to be able to give a folder with an executable to someone else, who hasn't any developer tools/SDK's.

How to solve this?
Not enough coffee this morning, because I'm just not understanding your use case or need here. So, of course I'll just throw a bunch of junk at it: GitHub? I use Inno for Windows deployments and just create pkg ( dmg ) files for Mac deployments of software.
 
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