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copydeps finds and copies all .so / .dll files needed by a program to run. This can be useful when you want to bundle an application together will all of its dependencies.


copydeps [options...] EXECUTABLE [TARGET-DIR]

EXECUTABLE can be one of the following supported formats:

  • 32-bit ELF
  • 64-bit ELF
  • i386 Microsoft Windows executable
  • x86_64 Microsoft Windows executable

TARGET-DIR specifies the directory to copy the .so / .dll files to. When omitted, defaults to the directory of the target executable.

Program options

  • --dry-run
    Print the list of dependencies without actually copying the .so / .dll files.
  • --exedir
    Include the directory of the executable in the .so / .dll resolve paths. Files found in the exedir are preferred over those found anywhere else.
  • --ignore PATTERN
    Add the regular expression PATTERN to the ignore-list (.so / .dll names that should not be resolved nor copied over).
  • --no-clobber
    Do not overwrite .so / .dll files already existing in the target directory.
  • --override PATTERN
    Add the regular expression PATTERN to the override-list (.so / .dll names that should always be resolved and copied over). Overrides have precedence over ignores.
  • --search-dir DIRECTORY
    Add DIRECTORY to the list of paths to search when resolving .so / .dll names. User-specified directories take precedence over system paths.
  • --verbose
    Print the names of the dependencies as they're being copied over.

Building from source

copydeps is written in Rust and uses Cargo for keeping track of its dependencies. While you may invoke cargo directly, it's recommended to use make instead.

cd copydeps/
make -j all
[sudo] make install


copydeps is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

For the full text of the licence, consult LICENCE.txt.