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

Matthew Burgess matthew at
Tue Jul 6 14:51:57 PDT 2004

On Tue, 06 Jul 2004 23:46:57 -0400
Tobi Gschwendtner <biertrinken at> wrote:

> 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 ?

For purely historical reasons.  I think I found this myself by googling
for something like "ELF vs. a.out".



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