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2.2 Library vs. Reusable Code

Classical libraries are installed as binary object code. Gnulib is different: It is used as a source code library. Each package that uses Gnulib thus ships with part of the Gnulib source code. The used portion of Gnulib is tailored to the package: A build tool, called gnulib-tool, is provided that copies a tailored subset of Gnulib into the package.