Subject: Re: [HACKERS] More on shared objects problem
To: None <>
From: Erik Bertelsen <>
List: current-users
Date: 07/27/1999 22:37:13
On Tue, Jul 27, 1999 at 01:24:30PM -0400, D'Arcy J.M. Cain wrote:
> recognize NetBSD as an ELF system unless it is a powerpc.  That's
> probably correct as it is only -current that is ELF, not the release.
> If it helps, here is the output of "file /netbsd" which tells you for
> sure it is an ELF system.

Please note that NetBSD is already ELF on some platforms, e.g macppc and
pmax. Other platforms are still only aout, e.g. m68k and others. At least
two platforms have changed to ELF since the last NetBSD release (i386
and sparc) and will be ELF when NetBSD 1.5 is released (but not 1.4.1 and
other patch releases for 1.4).

The end result is that 3rd party software should not decide ELF-ness based
on versions or platforms, but try to detect the actual status of the system
on which it installs.

- Erik