Linux – the LD_PRELOAD trick

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I came across a reference to it recently on proggit and (as of now) it is not explained.

I suspect this might be it, but I don't know for sure.

Best Solution

If you set LD_PRELOAD to the path of a shared object, that file will be loaded before any other library (including the C runtime, libc.so). So to run ls with your special malloc() implementation, do this:

$ LD_PRELOAD=/path/to/my/malloc.so /bin/ls