Re: Dropping a.out support

Tsung-Hsiang Hsueh (
Fri, 2 May 1997 12:53:42 -0500 (EST)

On Fri, 2 May 1997, Bradley M Keryan wrote:

> I think that would be the best solution, if the maintainers want to
> drop a.out: use a separate interpreter for a.out binaries.
> Anyway, I also think Linux should keep a.out binary compatibility; if you
> can run SCO and XENIX binaries on Linux/x86, not to mention the types of
> binaries Linux/Alpha and SparcLinux will run, why not old a.out Linux
> binaries? Dropping a.out would force many people to dig up source code
> (if they have it) and recompile programs that are working just fine.
I second this, which OS is capable of running the most kinds of binaries from
other OSes? Which OS is capable of reading the most types of filesystems?
That is Linux. And we should keep a.out around for the good tradition.