Re: The elves are coming

Jon Tombs (
Wed, 25 Sep 1996 11:32:43 +0200 (MET DST)

Kai Schulte said:
> Pleeeeeease, why can't we keep a.out support in 2.1? Most of us don't have
> RISC cpu's yet, and many ELF things _do_ run more slowly on my 486 and 386.

It is only the kernel that is ELF only, you can still be 100% a.out in
userland if you like. Linus is changing how the kernel is loaded and this
is very much dependant on the binary format, trying to keep the old
a.out kernel is just asking for bugs to leak in.

As the kernel doesn't use dynamic libraries, it shouldn't even have the
performance penalty of ELF (question do you regain the lost register if
you compile elf -static, or is it just unused?).


Jon. <,>