The ldd Command

The "ldd" command shows you what libraries a binary depends on, and whether it has found them. Of course, if you can find a proper listing for your application in a Packages file on the feed you got it from, the dependencies should be listed there. If not, then "ldd" can come to the rescue.

The basic command is very simple:

ldd [exact path to binary file]

If you do not know the exact location of the binary, use the "which" command. The example here shows the dependencies of "opie-sh":

bash-2.05# which opie-sh

Example output:

bash-2.05# ldd /home/QtPalmtop/bin/opie-sh
libqpe.so.1 => /home/QtPalmtop/lib/libqpe.so.1 (0x40022000)
libqte.so.2 => /home/QtPalmtop/lib/libqte.so.2 (0x4019d000)
libc.so.6 => /home/QtPalmtop/lib/libc.so.6 (0x40516000)
libdl.so.2 => /lib/libdl.so.2 (0x40631000)
libcrypt.so.1 => /lib/libcrypt.so.1 (0x4063c000)
libm.so.6 => /lib/libm.so.6 (0x40671000)
libjpeg.so.62 => /home/QtPalmtop/lib/libjpeg.so.62 (0x4069f000)
/lib/ld-linux.so.2 => /lib/ld-linux.so.2 (0x40000000)

I extracted my copy of "ldd" from the arm utilities package, available at:


You can get a gzipped copy of the GNU libc version 2.1.3 of the "ldd" script I extracted from the above arm utilities package, which I am using on my sl5500, Sharp ROM 2.38, as well as on my sl6000L, running Sharp ROM 1.12, at:


You can also get a copy of version 2.3.2 at:


"ldd" is a bash script, and is part of the GNU C Library, so I believe the version that works on my both my sl5500 and my Tosa, should run on most Zaurii, whatever ROM or architecture they have, as long as they have "bash".

I am not an expert at using the options for the "ldd" command, so I need to refer you to the "man" page if you want to learn more about them.

Revised October 9, 2011