--- a/vcl/emulation/vcl_string_instances.cxx
+++ b/vcl/emulation/vcl_string_instances.cxx
@@ -9,6 +9,8 @@
 template <class charT, class traits>
 const vcl_size_t basic_string <charT, traits>::npos = (vcl_size_t)(-1);
 #endif
+// A dummy symbol to avoid missing symbol warnings from ranlib
+void vcl_string_instances_dummy_to_avoid_ranlib_warning() {}
 
 //template class vcl_basic_string<char, vcl_char_traits<char> >;
 //VCL_BASIC_STRING_INSTANTIATE(char, vcl_char_traits<char>);