[mysterious owner of 'libc++.1.dylib']

Bill Cole macportsusers-20171215 at billmail.scconsult.com
Wed Mar 15 19:11:39 UTC 2023

On 2023-03-15 at 14:00:44 UTC-0400 (Wed, 15 Mar 2023 18:00:44 +0000)
Maxim Abalenkov <maxim.abalenkov at gmail.com>
is rumored to have said:

> Dear all,
> I need help please. I’m compiling a C/C++ code base with clang++ 
> compiler installed via MacPorts. When I look at the libraries my 
> executable relies on I see:
>   otool -L <exe_file>
>   /usr/lib/libc++.1.dylib (compatibility version 1.0.0, current 
> version 1300.36.0)

What macOS version? I'm guessing Ventura...

That file doesn't exist on Big Sur (where there is a libc++.dylib 
elsewhere)  but it does on El Cap, where it is (sensibly) part of the 
base OS. I suspect that the version there is an indicator of macOS 13.

> However, when I try to find out what package owns this library:
>   sudo port provides "/usr/lib/libc++.1.dylib"
>   /usr/lib/libc++.1.dylib does not exist.

Yes. MacPorts doesn't install libraries into /usr/lib. That would be 

> Further inquiry with ‘pkgutil’ doesn’t shed more light either:
>   pkgutil --file-info "/usr/lib/libc++.1.dylib"
>   volume: /
>   path: /usr/lib/libc++.1.dylib

Interesting. On my El Cap machine pkgutil shows that 
com.apple.pkg.Essentials and multiple com.apple.pkg.update.10.11.* 
packages included a file with that path.

> Would you please tell me, who is the mysterious owner of the 
> ‘libc++’?

It is part of macOS itself. Specifically, it is the implementation of 
the standard C++ library developed by the LLVM project, which is used by 
the clang++ compiler.

Bill Cole
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