Getting Started

Compiling and installing libdynamic

The libdynamic source is available at

Unpack the source tarball and change to the source directory:

$ tar xfz libdynamic-1.1.0.tar.gz
$ cd libdynamic-1.1.0

The source uses GNU Autotools (autoconf, automake, libtool), so compiling and installing is extremely simple:

$ ./configure
$ make
$ make install

To run the test suite which requires cmocka and valgrind, invoke:

$ make check

To change the destination directory (/usr/local by default), use the --prefix=DIR argument to ./configure. See ./configure --help for the list of all possible configuration options.

The command make check runs the test suite distributed with libdynamic. This step is not strictly necessary, but it may find possible problems that libdynamic has on your platform. If any problems are found, please report them.

If you obtained the source from a Git repository (or any other source control system), there’s no ./configure script as it’s not kept in version control. To create the script, the build system needs to be bootstrapped. There are many ways to do this, but the easiest one is to use the supplied script:

$ ./

Building the documentation

(This subsection describes how to build the HTML documentation you are currently reading, so it can be safely skipped.)

Documentation is in the docs/ subdirectory. It’s written in reStructuredText with Sphinx annotations. To generate the HTML documentation, invoke:

$ make html

and point your browser to doc/_build/html/index.html. Sphinx 1.0 or newer is required to generate the documentation.

Compiling programs that use libdynamic

libdynamic headers files are included through one C header file, dynamic.h, so it’s enough to put the line

#include <dynamic.h>

in the beginning of every source file that uses libdynamic.

There’s also just one library to link with, libdynamic. libdynamic is built as a static library and should be compiled with LTO (link time optimization) to provide the best performance. Compile and link the program as follows:

$ cc -o prog prog.c -flto -fuse-linker-plugin -ldynamic

Use of pkg-config is supported and recommended:

$ cc -o prog prog.c `pkg-config --cflags --libs libdynamic`