what is a " *.so " file?

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    what is a " *.so " file?

    are .so files related to static libraries?

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    No. .so files are libraries meant to be linked dynamically.
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    ok , just learnt what are static and dynamic libs.. if i know the loc of a .so file. how do i link it in GCC?

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    let me elaborate...
    i have a libacml.a file and a libacml.so file ,both in the same directory.
    and at the prompt :

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         gcc prog.c  -L<actual path to this dir >  -lacml
    which one will it link and how do i specify which one to be linked.

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    I believe it will choose dynamic linking when possible unless you give gcc the -static option
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