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For PE executable, I can list the imported symbols using

dumpbin /imports FILE.EXE

or using the depends utility which is GUI application.

`nm ELF-binary' just returns "no symbols".

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up vote 5 down vote accepted

Try objdump -T 'ELF-file'

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I thought objdump -T worked mainly on shared libraries... – jim mcnamara Jul 9 '10 at 14:35
well... not really, if I do: objdump -t /bin/ls it returns: "SYMBOL TABLE: no symbols", with -T (which lists DYNAMIC SYMBOL TABLE) outputs a lot of data, like: "00000000 DF UND 00000000 GLIBC_2.0 strchr" – Mr Shunz Jul 9 '10 at 15:11

The output from objdump is a little excessive for this purpose, and requires a good bit of parsing to find the actual imports.

I prefer readelf for this purpose:

readelf -d dynamic-buffer-test

Dynamic section at offset 0x630a8 contains 23 entries:
 Tag                Type                 Name/Value
 0x0000000000000001 (NEEDED)             Shared library: []
 0x0000000000000001 (NEEDED)             Shared library: []
 0x0000000000000001 (NEEDED)             Shared library: []
 0x0000000000000001 (NEEDED)             Shared library: []

As you can see, the required libraries are marked with "NEEDED".

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I prefer readelf.

readelf -s <file>

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