The nm utility displays the symbol table of each ELF object file that is specified by file.
If no symbolic information is available for a valid input file, the nm utility reports that fact, but not consider it an error condition.
The output of nm can be controlled using the following options:
Writes the full path name or library name of an object on each line.
Demangles C++ symbol names before printing them out.
Displays the SHT_DYNSYM symbol information. This is the symbol table used by ld.so.1 and is present even in stripped dynamic executables. If -D is not specified, the default behavior is to display the SHT_SYMTAB symbol
See NOTES below.
See NOTES below.
Writes only external (global) symbol information.
Does not display the output heading data.
Displays the SHT_SUNW_LDYNSYM symbol information. This symbol table contains local function symbols. SHT_SUNW_LDYNSM symbol tables are present even in stripped dynamic executables. These symbols augment the global symbols that are found in SHT_DYNSYM symbol table. If -L is not specified, the default behavior is to display the SHT_SYMTAB symbol information.
Distinguishes between WEAK and GLOBAL symbols by appending a * to the key letter for WEAK symbols.
Sorts external symbols by name before they are printed.
Prints the value and size of a symbol in octal instead of decimal (equivalent to -to).
Produces easy to parse, terse output. Each symbol name is preceded by its value (blanks if undefined) and one of the letters:
bss (uninitialized data space) symbol.
Data object symbol.
Symbol has no type.
Thread-Local storage symbol.
If the symbol's binding attribute is:
The key letter is lower case.
The key letter is upper case. If the -l modifier is specified, the upper case key letter is followed by a *
The key letter is upper case.
Writes information in a portable output format, as specified in Standard Output.
Prepends the name of the object file or archive to each output line.
Prints the archive name (if present), followed by the object file and symbol name. If the -r option is also specified, this option is ignored.
Prints section name instead of section index.
Writes each numeric value in the specified format. The format is dependent on the single character used as the format option-argument:
The offset is written in decimal (default).
The offset is written in octal.
The offset is written in hexadecimal.
Prints undefined symbols only.
Prints long listing for each undefined symbol. See OUTPUT below.
Sorts external symbols by value before they are printed.
Prints the version of the nm command executing on the standard error output.
Prints the value and size of a symbol in hexadecimal instead of decimal (equivalent to -tx).
Options can be used in any order, either singly or in combination, and can appear anywhere in the command line. When conflicting options are specified (such as -v and -n, or -o and -x) the first is taken and the second ignored
with a warning message to the user. (See -R for exception.)
The following operand is supported:
A path name of an object file, executable file or object-file library.
This section describes the nm utility's output options.
For each symbol, the following information is printed:
The index of the symbol. (The index appears in brackets.)
The value of the symbol is one of the following:
A section offset for defined symbols in a relocatable file.
Alignment constraints for symbols whose section index is SHN_COMMON.
A virtual address in executable and dynamic library files.
The size in bytes of the associated object.
A symbol is of one of the following types:
No type was specified.
A data object such as an array or variable.
A function or other executable code.
A register symbol (SPARC only).
A section symbol.
Name of the source file.
An uninitialized common block.
A variable associated with Thread-Local storage.
The symbol's binding attributes.
Have a scope limited to the object file containing their definition.
Are visible to all object files being combined.
Are essentially global symbols with a lower precedence than GLOBAL.
A symbol's visibility.
The lower bits of the st_other member of the Elf32_Sym structure, and the Elf64_Sym structure, defined in <sys/elf.h>, are currently used and can be one of:
where library/object name is formatted as follows:
If -A is not specified, library/object name is an empty string.
If -A is specified and the corresponding file operand does not name a library:
"%s: ", file
If -A is specified and the corresponding file operand names a library. In this case, object file names the object file in the library containing the symbol being described:
"%s[%s]: ", file, object file
If -A is not specified, then if more than one file operand is specified or if only one file operand is specified and it names a library, nm writes a line identifying the object containing the following
symbols before the lines containing those symbols, in the form:
If the corresponding file operand does not name a library:
If the corresponding file operand names a library; in this case, object file is the name of the file in the library containing the following symbols:
"%s[%s]:, file, object file
If -P is specified, but -t is not, the format is as if -tx had been specified.
See environ(5) for descriptions of the following environment variables that affect the execution of nm: LANG, LC_ALL, LC_COLLATE, LC_CTYPE, LC_MESSAGES, and NLSPATH.
The following exit values are returned:
An error occurred.
See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attributes:
The following options are obsolete because of changes to the object file format and might be deleted in a future release.
Prints only external and static symbols. The symbol table now contains only static and external symbols. Automatic symbols no longer appear in the symbol table. They do appear in the debugging information produced by cc-g, which can be examined
Produces full output. Redundant symbols (such as .text, .data, and so forth), which existed previously, do not exist and producing full output is identical to the default output.
By default, nm prints the entire name of the symbols listed. Since symbol names have been moved to the last column, the problem of overflow is removed and it is no longer necessary to truncate the symbol name.