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

Steve beforewisdom at
Mon Jul 5 18:07:03 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.

So a statically linked bianary wouldn't be an ELF?

So ELF binaries are just what I have been using all along?  Binaries 
that are compiled with/against libraries
found on the system beyond the immediate source code?

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