GNU linker

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GNU linker
Original author(s) GNU Project
Developer(s) GNU Project
Stable release 2.22 / November 21, 2011 (2011-11-21)
Operating system GNU
Type Linker
License GNU General Public License
Website www.gnu.org/software/binutils/

GNU linker (or GNU ld) is the GNU Project's implementation of the Unix command ld. GNU ld runs the linker, which creates an executable file (or a library) from object files created during compilation of a software project. A linker script may be passed to GNU ld to exercise greater control over the linking process.[1] The GNU linker is part of the GNU Binary Utilities (binutils).

Possible origins of the name "ld" are "LoaD" and "Link eDitor".[2]

GNU linker is free software, distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License.

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