Subject: Re: When is ELF coming?
To: Thor Lancelot Simon <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Chris G Demetriou <Chris_G_Demetriou@auchentoshan.pdl.cs.cmu.edu>
Date: 11/23/1996 14:20:58
> Can someone actually enumerate some good reasons for using ELF rather than
> ECOFF, our own extended a.out, or, say, OSF/ROSE? Each has some drawbacks,
> but none seemingly so severe as ELF's lack of an OS-type header field.
In the case of the alpha:
(1) People are actually actively improving the ELF support,
(2) ELF has fewer limitations (w.r.t. the GOT, etc.) than
I'm not going to do any more toolchain hacking than i have to.
That means that if somebody wants to me switch to a custom format for
the alpha, _they_ are going to have to do all of the toolchain work.
I don't consider that unreasonable, because i just don't have time to
_waste_ time on something somebody else is already doing better, when
there are important things i _can_ be doing.