Re: Dropping a.out support

Peter Mutsaers (
Fri, 2 May 1997 15:41:07 +0200

>> On Fri, 2 May 1997 08:33:30 -0500 (CDT), Michael Brennen
>> <> said:

MB> After all this time one does not gain stability by removing
MB> a.out. The one "efficiency" I can think of to dump the a.out
MB> format is kernel size because it doesn't need the a.out loader
MB> any more. How much does that take? If you don't want it,
MB> just don't compile it in your kernels.

How about effeciency w.r.t one of the most important resources: The
valuable time of Linux developers. I assume there is a reason that
support for a.out is being dropped from Some new feature that
would require extra time to not only do it for ELF but also for a.out.

Also they do it for free and thus for fun; you cannot expect them to
support old stuff forever and waste a lot of their time on this.

Peter Mutsaers      Lucent Technologies, Network Systems      Huizen, the Netherlands