Re: This thread is silly (Re: Dropping a.out support)

Jon Lewis (
Sun, 4 May 1997 17:46:26 -0400 (EDT)

On Fri, 2 May 1997, Paul H. Hargrove wrote:

> IMHO the discontinuation of support for a.out in is no different
> than the discontinuation of development of a.out libc. It simply
> means that a.out binaries will not be able to take advantage of any
> improvements (including bug fixes) that are made in newer libraries.
> The bigest complication (again IMHO) is the necessity of keeping both
> old and new versions in /lib.

The false impression given by the first few posts in this thread that
upgrading to the latest would make it impossible to run a.out
binaries is what made this discussion go berzerk.

People (like me) should probably have kept quiet until they'd looked at
the latest ld, and seen that there was no huge problem developing...but
I'm sure we all spoke too soon because we wanted to get our opinion out
before it was "too late."

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