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

Tobi Gschwendtner biertrinken at
Tue Jul 6 20:46:57 PDT 2004

Archaic wrote:
> On Tue, Jul 06, 2004 at 08:03:42PM +0100, Gareth Westwood wrote:
>>If everything is built to give ELF binaries I should be able to remove 
>>MISC and a.out support from the kernel shouldn't I?
> Absolutely. The change of you even seeing an a.out binary is remote.
i've followed this thread and now i'm wondering if the files called 
a.out created by the gcc (used without the -o option) are ELF binaries ?
can i run them without the a.out support in the kernel ?
if yes why are they called a.out ?


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