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What is a steering file?

A steering file is a text file that contains a set of commands to edit the symbol tables of output objects and the dynamic sections of images.

Steering file commands enable you to:

  • Manage symbols in the symbol table.

  • Control the copying of symbols from the static symbol table to the dynamic symbol table.

  • Store information about the libraries that a link unit depends on.

For example, you can use steering files to protect intellectual property, or avoid namespace clashes.