Re: Dropping a.out support

Robert Wuest (
Sat, 03 May 1997 08:42:31 -0500

Bradley M Keryan wrote:
> Dropping a.out development doesn't seem to be as big of a deal as I
> thought. I just installed (the apparently ELF-only) (which
> doesn't have, just ld-linux). I can still run a.out binaries,
> because works fine with Just make sure you
> preserve the following files:
> /lib/
> /lib/
> and the contents of /usr/i486-linuxaout/lib
> Ignore my (stupid) post about having a separate interpreter/dynamic
> linker/loader: a.out and ELF already have separate linker/loaders.
> I don't see any problem, as long as the old continues to function,
> as the a.out libraries and programs aren't going to change . . .
> Brad Keryan
> finger for my PGP public key

Just be careful if you install the rpm It
appearently wipes out the old without replacing it, or at least,
a.out stopped working after I upgraded with it :-(. So I got
and recompiled it with AOUT_SUPPORT and all seems well again ;-).

If a.out support really goes away, shouldn't the package be renamed

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