--- a/vcl/emulation/vcl_alloc.h
+++ b/vcl/emulation/vcl_alloc.h
@@ -798,4 +798,7 @@
 #  include "vcl_defalloc.h"
 # endif
 
+// A dummy symbol to avoid missing symbol warnings from ranlib
+void vcl_alloc_dummy_to_avoid_ranlib_warning() {}
+
 #endif // vcl_emulation_alloc_h