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[SOLVED] My game doesn't detect libpng in its directory (game packaging)

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Wonder Boy    110
Hello GameDev:)
I've finished my first simple game (Tictactoe) and I'm trying to make ready-to-run packages with all libs included, for Linux and Windows. I succeeded in compiling for both systems and making Windows package, however I have problem with 32-bit linux version (as in the tittle): compiled game doesn't detect libpng in its directory. Or maybe other libs too, but it's the only lib I have to copy to /usr/lib32/.

Some details:
My system: Debian Sid 64-bit
SDL libs: 32-bit, all latest possible (1.2.15)
GCC: 4.7
libpng: 1.2.49-1

So I'm building a 32-bit binary on a 64-bit linux system:

g++ *.cpp -I/my_include_dir/ -L/my_lib_dir/ -lSDL_image -lSDL_ttf -lSDL_mixer -lSDL -lpthread -ldl -lfreetype -lz -o build/tictactoe32 -m32

No compile errors. Apparently libpng is not needed during compilation.

However my game doesn't load images:
Error: Failed loading cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

So I downloaded 32-bit version of libpng from Debian's site,, created a link to it with a name and copied both files to my game's dir and it didn't help.

I have to copy and to /usr/lib32/. As I said, is only a link to a newer version, which in Debian is And then it works. But when I move both files to my game's dir, it can't detect it.
How can I solve it?

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mike4    2
as you use sdl_image don't use also libpng. They might conflict, only use sdl_image which has all needed functions and is more simple to use.

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Wonder Boy    110
Hi, thanks for the answer.
I don't use libpng directly in my code, it is loaded by SDL_image at runtime, when needed to load different kinds of images (png in this case). I use only SDL_image. Edited by Wonder Boy

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Wonder Boy    110
I have to include '-rpath' flag with a specified directory in the command above so the directory will be searched at the runtime.

For example:
search the same dir as executable dir: -Wl,-rpath,.
search "libs" directory inside directory where is located executable: -Wl,-rpath,libs/

So now my command looks like this:
g++ *.cpp -I/my_include_dir/ -L/my_lib_dir/ -lSDL_image -lSDL_ttf -lSDL_mixer -lSDL -lpthread -ldl -lfreetype -lz -Wl,-rpath,. -o build/tictactoe32 -m32


Useful commands:
Check which libraries will be loaded by the executable at runtime:
[code]ldd <binary>[/code]
Check which directories will be searched for libraries:
[code]readelf -d <binary> | grep RPATH[/code]

[url=""][/url] (3 parts)
in terminal: man ld

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