Re: Are applications for Linux platform specific?

Jose M. Fandos (
Wed, 20 May 1998 17:53:47 +0200

Derrik wrote:
On Tue, 19 May 1998, David Woodhouse wrote:

>> said:
>>> No, they won't. When they're built, the compiler you use is specific to a
>>> particular OS/processor combination, and so are the binaries generated.
>> Unless you're using an Alpha, in which case it'll run Intel binaries if you ask
>> it nicely and if they're old ones that are linked with libc5 (otherwise it
>> tries to load the Alpha libc6, which confuses the hell out of the emulator :)
>> Also, you can often run binaries from different operating systems, especially
>> other Unix-like ones. Linux/x86 can run SCO, Solaris/x86, BSD binaries AFAIK.
>> Linux/SPARC can run SunOS or Solaris binaries, and Linux/Alpha does DEC Unix.
>> As I understand it, Unix98 compliant programs linked against glibc should run
>> transparently on any operating system that glibc is present on, as long as the
>> processor remains the same. So you should, for example, be able to use
>> Linux/SPARC binaries on Solaris as long as you have glibc for Solaris
>> installed.

>Ok. Point taken. :) But as a general rule, you build a binary, it's only
>going to run on the platform it was compiled to (and certain platforms
>that can emulate it or are capable of handling its binaries).

Well, thank you all for the replies :) That's what I wanted to know.


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