[osol-discuss] Re: GNU ld -shared fails to link filtered symbols on Solaris

Joerg Schilling Joerg.Schilling@fokus.fraunhofer.de
Tue Nov 28 17:14:00 GMT 2006

Ian Lance Taylor <ian@airs.com> wrote:

> > group meeting in 1987.
> ELF was used in SVR4 long before Sun adopted it when they moved from
> SunOS to Solaris.  That said, the version of ELF used in SVR4 was
> closely based on the shared library implementation Sun used with the
> a.out object file format in SunOS 4.

This is definitely a wrong interpretation:

SVr4 is based on SunOS 4 and ELF was designed because Bill Joy was unhappy 
with the a.out format as well as with COFF after Sun did introduce dynamic 
linking with SunOS 4. The idea for ELF was to have more freedom with dynamic 
linking and with source level debugging.

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