Re: COFF and ELF information

Sam Kendall <>
18 Dec 1996 00:08:50 -0500

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From: Sam Kendall <>
Newsgroups: comp.compilers
Date: 18 Dec 1996 00:08:50 -0500
Organization: Kendall Consulting
References: 96-12-121
Keywords: linker

Don Abel wrote:
> I was wondering if someone could tell me where to find detailed
> information on the COFF and ELF file formats.

There is an article about the ELF format in one of the USENIX conference
proceedings, 1992 or so. The Solaris ABI (Application Binary Interface)
books, which may also be out of print, describe ELF in painfully
complete detail.

I think that COFF is less of a standard; there are many COFF-derived
file formats, including even Microsoft's PE format.

Sam Kendall

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