On Fri, 12 Feb 1999, Greg Lehey wrote:
> On Tuesday, 2 February 1999 at 21:25:59 -0800, Thomas Stephens wrote:
> > Can anyone tell me what the current status of BSD/OS emulation is? My
> > understanding is ELF binaries (and shared libraries) aren't supported.
> > Is this correct and, assuming it is, are there plans to add such
> > support?
> That's been a lot of silence, hasn't it?
> I had thought that we would now be compatible with BSD/OS ELF, so to
> check it I dragged out my BSD/OS 3.0 CD-ROMs, which I thought
> contained ELF binaries, but what I saw was:
> /cdrom/7/bin/[: Infocom game data (Z-machine 8, Release 0,
> /cdrom/7/bin/bash: BSD/OS i386 compact demand paged executable (uses shared libs)
> /cdrom/7/bin/cat: Infocom game data (Z-machine 8, Release 0,
> /cdrom/7/bin/chmod: Infocom game data (Z-machine 8, Release 0,
> They definitely contain no ELF string. What are these things? Is
> that what you have?
If you compile a binary without shared libraries (eg. gcc2 foo.c) it
should be ok, but it appears that FreeBSD doesn't support BSD/OS 3.x's
wacky and screwed up static shared library system.
BSDI 4.x supposedly uses dynamic shared libraries; if they work or not is
another question, but I think support for them is more likely.
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