Hi, I'm looking for a comprehensive explanation on linux a.out executable file format. Any pointers ? I've been searching the web and haven't found a comprehensive explanation on it :(. Thx in advance
Posted on 2004-09-04 19:03:40 by Pinczakko

try www.wotsit.org


ps: a.out is really obsolete nowadays. for real uses, i suggest elf
Posted on 2004-09-04 19:44:24 by ancev
have done it, but wotsit only have the a.out format for the hp-ux. AFAIK, a.out executable file format is hardware dependent, is it right ?
Posted on 2004-09-04 20:13:15 by Pinczakko
Why do you want to know about a.out? a.out is not used now. Unless you are in a very strange situation that you have to use linux distribution that is more than 7 years old, (8? 9? not sure... someone will correct me if I'm wrong.) you should learn about ELF. And, as for ELF, search the forum. I remember there was at least one thread related to ELF.
Posted on 2004-09-05 15:26:14 by Starless
I'm working on an embedded-system which uses executable file system very similar to a.out format. Since, there is no documentation from the vendor at my hand, I have to ensure is it really a.out or not. That's all about it :wink:
Posted on 2004-09-07 08:06:28 by Pinczakko