Subject: Re: ELF integration on a.out platforms
To: Chris Jones <>
From: Jason Thorpe <>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 02/09/1999 12:28:01
On 09 Feb 1999 11:54:21 -0700 
 Chris Jones <> wrote:

 > Is there any reason we can't simply increment the major version number
 > of every shared library?  Any new programs that are compiled will find
 > the new (ELF) library, to match their own ELF formats (because the
 > compiler will have been changed at that point).  I guess we'll need to
 > have an a.out and an ELF, so that a.out
 > dynamically-linked binaries can still load the right

This is what Linux did (and FreeBSD, too, I think) and it caused no end
of trouble.

        -- Jason R. Thorpe <>