Is my code change really picked up

While working on Unix and Linux . we need to create a patch or a local change . this patch change is compiled and built into shared object .

when we run our services , however there is always doubt , whether code change has been really picked up by running service . Many of times , we resort to put printfs(debugs ) into the code and run again .

Our shared object ,could be lying in multiple paths ,due to which it is possible that , exact location from which shared object is loaded may not be known.

One possible solution

In Linux , Unix , there is environment variable LD_LIBRARY_PATH which governs the order in which shared object is loaded .


We can check these paths individually and determine where the shared object is present .If shared object is present in



In such case , shared object would be picked up from /users/tanmay/tests.

In HP Unix and Linux there is command called as pmap . when pmap is run against running process , it will give list of shared objects loaded and path from which shard object is loaded.

Following would be the illustration of pmap command in linux.

My add function has mistake . add function instead of doing add , is doing subtract. However my shared object are present in multiple paths.


int add(int num1 , int num2 )
return num1 — num2 ;

int multiply(int num1 , int num2 )
return num1 * num2 ;


int div(int num1 , int num2 )
return num1 + num2 ;

int sub(int num1 , int num2 )
return num1 + num2 ;

lib1.c and lib2.c are built into library =>

/usr/bin/g++ -shared -Wl,-Bsymbolic -o -s -m64 lib1.o lib2.o -L/usr/lib64 -lc -lncurses -ldl -fPIC

myexe.c — is the main program which is doing to use add function defined in lib1.c

int main()
int x;
printf(“Sleeping for 15 secs\n”);
x = add(10,5);
printf(“Post sleep result is [%d]\n”,x);


myexe is created , linking , we will use g++ linker

/usr/bin/g++ -o myexe -m64 -s myexe.o

when you run myexe — we can run pmap command on the pid of the exe ,so as to see .from which path exe and shared object is loaded .

pmap command takes the pid as argument . pmap commad clearly shows the path from which shared library is loaded.

>>>pmap 13632 | grep mylib
00007fac56ea4000 4K r-x — /users/e463566/example/
00007fac56ea5000 2044K — — — /users/e463566/example/
00007fac570a4000 4K rw — — /users/e463566/example/

Happy debugging.

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