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Old 02-23-2002, 04:56 PM   #1
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ELF format and other formats?

What's the difference between linux ELF binary format and other formats? Which one is preferable from the point of view of a developer?
Old 02-24-2002, 06:32 AM   #2
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On Linux, ELF is meant to replace the old "a.out" binary format.. I don't know about any formats other than those two on Linux (they might exist, I just don't know about them But ELF is the best one to use, anyway.
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Thanks for the info.
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a.out was an absolute core image. ELF is relocatable. ELF gained popularity when Unix/Linux apps started getting too big to gracefully have everything preloaded - ELF libraries are functionally equivalent to Windows DLLs.


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