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Re: Weak symbol in an executable, overridable by shared libraries at runtime

On Sat, Nov 2, 2013 at 2:44 PM, Lorenzo Pistone <> wrote:
> Hello,
> Is there a way to define a weak symbol in an executable (not a .so!), that
> can be overridden by the runtime linking process by a symbol found in
> another library?
> The aim is to provide a fallback implementation, within my executable, for
> systems where a specific function in a standard library cannot be found.
> More exactly, if I compile my program with -ffast-math, some calls to
> __pow_finite are generated: on recent systems this function is in,
> but on older systems this function simply does not exist. The idea is then
> to have a weak symbol "__pow_infinite" in my executable, whose
> implementation just calls the normal "pow": this way, on a recent system,
> the weak symbol is overridden and the version is used, whereas on an
> old system there's no other symbol than the weak one, that would be then
> picked up.
> Cheers.

The secondary symbol is what you are looking for. But it isn't supported


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