A small utility to modify the dynamic linker and RPATH of ELF executables
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PatchELF is a simple utility for modifying existing ELF executables and
libraries.  In particular, it can do the following:

* Change the dynamic loader ("ELF interpreter") of executables:

  $ patchelf --set-interpreter /lib/my-ld-linux.so.2 my-program

* Change the RPATH of executables and libraries:

  $ patchelf --set-rpath /opt/my-libs/lib:/other-libs my-program

* Shrink the RPATH of executables and libraries:

  $ patchelf --shrink-rpath my-program

  This removes from the RPATH all directories that do not contain a
  library referenced by DT_NEEDED fields of the executable or library.
  For instance, if an executable references one library libfoo.so, has
  an RPATH "/lib:/usr/lib:/foo/lib", and libfoo.so can only be found
  in /foo/lib, then the new RPATH will be "/foo/lib".

  In addition, the '--allowed-rpath-prefixes' option can be used for
  further rpath tuning. For instance, if an executable has an RPATH
  "/tmp/build-foo/.libs:/foo/lib", it is probably desirable to keep
  the "/foo/lib" reference instead of the "/tmp" entry. To accomplish
  that, use:

  $ patchelf --shrink-rpath --allowed-rpath-prefixes /usr/lib:/foo/lib my-program

* Remove declared dependencies on dynamic libraries (DT_NEEDED

  $ patchelf --remove-needed libfoo.so.1 my-program

  This option can be given multiple times.

* Add a declared dependency on a dynamic library (DT_NEEDED):

  $ patchelf --add-needed libfoo.so.1 my-program

  This option can be give multiple times.

* Replace a declared dependency on a dynamic library with another one

  $ patchelf --replace-needed liboriginal.so.1 libreplacement.so.1 my-program

  This option can be give multiple times.

* Change SONAME of a dynamic library:

  $ patchelf --set-soname libnewname.so.3.4.5 path/to/libmylibrary.so.1.2.3


You can download a pre-compiled binary from the releases or compile it by yourself:

  sudo make install


Copyright 2004-2016 Eelco Dolstra <eelco.dolstra@logicblox.com>.


This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify
it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
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The `strip' command from binutils generated broken executables when
applied to the output of patchelf (if `--set-rpath' or
`--set-interpreter' with a larger path than the original is used).
This appears to be a bug in binutils


0.9 (February 29, 2016):

* Lots of new features. Please refer to the Git commit log:


  This release has contributions from Aaron D. Marasco, Adrien
  Devresse, Alexandre Pretyman, Changli Gao, Chingis Dugarzhapov,
  darealshinji, David Sveningsson, Eelco Dolstra, Felipe Sateler,
  Jeremy Sanders, Jonas Kuemmerlin, Thomas Tuegel, Tuomas Tynkkynen,
  Vincent Danjean and Vladimír Čunát.

0.8 (January 15, 2014):

* Fix a segfault caused by certain illegal entries in symbol tables.

0.7 (January 7, 2014):

* Rewrite section indices in symbol tables. This for instance allows
  gdb to show proper backtraces.

* Added `--remove-needed' option.

0.6 (November 7, 2011):

* Hacky support for executables created by the Gold linker.

* Support segments with an alignment of 0 (contributed by Zack

* Added a manual page (contributed by Jeremy Sanders

0.5 (November 4, 2009):

* Various bugfixes.

* `--force-rpath' now deletes the DT_RUNPATH if it is present.

0.4 (June 4, 2008):

* Support for growing the RPATH on dynamic libraries.

* IA-64 support (not tested) and related 64-bit fixes.

* FreeBSD support.

* `--set-rpath', `--shrink-rpath' and `--print-rpath' now prefer
  DT_RUNPATH over DT_RPATH, which is obsolete.  When updating, if both
  are present, both are updated.  If only DT_RPATH is present, it is
  converted to DT_RUNPATH unless `--force-rpath' is specified.  If
  neither is present, a DT_RUNPATH is added unless `--force-rpath' is
  specified, in which case a DT_RPATH is added.

0.3 (May 24, 2007):

* Support for 64-bit ELF binaries (such as on x86_64-linux).

* Support for big-endian ELF binaries (such as on powerpc-linux).

* Various bugfixes.

0.2 (January 15, 2007):

* Provides a hack to get certain programs (such as the
  Belastingaangifte 2005) to work.

0.1 (October 11, 2005):

* Initial release.