Subject: Re: How many programs are a.out specific?
To: Andrew Cagney <>
From: Chris G. Demetriou <>
List: tech-kern
Date: 07/12/1994 19:02:40
> How many programs in NetBSD are a.out specific?
> There are the obivious ones like the gcc-as-ld-nm-gdb-ar how many
> others are there?

unknown... (at least to me.)

I think the shared library support has a fair bit of a.out specific
stuff, but you might consider it 'part of ld'...

> And how dependant is the kernel on this?

most of the boot blocks boot kernels that are in a.out format.
Other than that, it's pretty easy to write an exec module to
do the right thing -- ones have been written for a.out,
shell scripts, coff, elf, etc.