Linux – How to link to a specific version of a shared library in GCC


I'm compiling some code which uses libcurl on a Debian Linux system. My dev machine is running Debian 5 but I want the binary to be usable on older Debian 4 systems too.

I find that if I specify -lcurl it will link to but Debian 4 systems only have

Is there some way I can tell GCC to link to either (which exists in both Debian 4 and 5) or just so it will use whatever version is available ?

Best Solution

Instead of using "-lcurl" use "" And ofcourse also use "-L _installed_path_"