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
>That's been a lot of silence, hasn't it?
Yes, it seemed almost like a black hole. :-)
>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 share
>/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?
I actually haven't got any BSD/OS CD-ROMs, but I think ELF support is
new with version 4.0, so 3.0 binaries would presumably be a.out.
With the addition of Linux compatibility, BSD/OS has obviously got some
way of distinguishing its ELF binaries from Linux ones, but I've no idea
how it does this, or if there's any similarity to FreeBSD's branding
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