Noob questions: ELF binaries, a.out, and xmkmf

Steve beforewisdom at
Mon Jul 5 17:59:05 PDT 2004

Matthew Burgess wrote:
> It's the "Executable and Linking Format".  From what I gather it was/is
> an attempt at providing a binary format that is compatible across
> unices.  Their predecessor (at least as far as Linux is concerned) was
> the 'a.out' format.  Unless you really know what you're doing (and how
> to do it!) you will always get (and want to get) ELF binaries.

That does clear a lot up, thanks.

I just got the impression I might have to deal with a higher level of 
futzing beyond the "configure, make, make install" routine to get LFS going.


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