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

Ian Molton spyro at
Wed Jul 7 01:14:08 PDT 2004

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

> 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 ?

They are ELF, and are named that because thats what c compilers name
their executables ;-)

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