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The idea is the compiler turns .c file into .o, so-called object file. Next one uses ar to create a library, .a file that is supposed to contain several, hm, compiled C functions that one might reuse. Finally ld performs linkage, creating .so or ELF from specified .o and .a files. Because of this needless complexity most compilers are also front-ends for ld ...
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