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--as_needed, --no_as_needed

Controls whether or not a reference to a shared library is added to the DT_NEEDED tags.


The effect of this option depends on the position on the armlink command-line, and applies only to subsequent dynamic shared objects:

  • --as_needed adds references to the DT_NEEDED tags only if the subsequent shared objects are used for resolving symbols

  • --no_as_needed unconditionally adds references to the DT_NEEDED tags.


The default is --as_needed.

However, if you specify --arm_linux, the default is --no_as_needed.


The following example unconditionally adds a reference to in the DT_NEEDED tags, but only adds tags for and if they are used for resolving symbols:

armlink ... --no-as-needed --as-needed

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