Test for external undefined references in Linux

Test for external undefined references in Linux

Is there a built in linux utility that I can use to test a newly compiled shared library for external undefined references? Gcc seems to be intelligent enough to check for undefined symbols in my own binary, but if the symbol is a reference to another library gcc does not check at link time. Instead I only get the message when I try to link to my new library from another program.

It seems a little silly to get undefined reference messages in a library when I am compiling a different project so I want to know if I can do a check on all references internal and external when I build the library not when I link to it.

Example error:

make -C  UnitTests debug make[1]: Entering directory `~/projects/Foo/UnitTests` g++ [ tons of objects ] -L../libbar/bin -lbar -o UnitTests libbar.so: undefined reference to `DoSomethingFromAnotherLibrary` collect2: ld returned 1 exit status make[1]: *** [~/projects/Foo/UnitTests] Error 1 

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Usually, undefined references are allowed when linking shared objects, but you can make the linker generate an error if there are undefined symbols in the object files that you are linking to create the shared library by supplying -z defs to the linker (or equivalently -Wl,-z,defs in the gcc command that calls the linker)..
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