Re: Dropping a.out support

H. Peter Anvin (
2 May 1997 21:03:05 GMT

Followup to: <>
By author: Nigel Metheringham <>
In newsgroup:
> I may be talking rubbish here (since I know very little about the shared
> library stuff), however would it not be possible to make the kernel's bin
> loader for a.out & elf binaries use different implementations of the run
> time linker so that you have 2 programs, one for elf the other for
> a.out.
> Then you can easily and modularly decide which you support on each
> machine, and the 2 can be developed independently

The runtime linker isn't even a kernel issue: it is loaded by the
binary. I'd say just freeze the current /lib/ (which is the
a.out linker - /lib/ is the ELF linker) and let it be...


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