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Re: IRIX binary compatibility (Was: Re: X VNC server compiled on Hardhat

To: Ralf Baechle <ralf@uni-koblenz.de>
Subject: Re: IRIX binary compatibility (Was: Re: X VNC server compiled on Hardhat!!)
From: "William J. Earl" <wje@fir.engr.sgi.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Jun 1999 17:08:31 -0700
Cc: digital convergence <digital_convergence@yahoo.com>, linux@cthulhu.engr.sgi.com, linux-mips@fnet.fr, linux-mips@vger.rutgers.edu
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Ralf Baechle writes:
 > On Sun, Jun 13, 1999 at 09:37:23PM -0700, digital convergence wrote:
 > 
 > > btw, how well is native IRIX binary loading supported? I wish to run a
 > > copy of BMRT on my farm of indy's under linux, but it won't let me
 > > execute any of the binaries (they're R4000 optimised old style linkage
 > > bins)....
 > 
 > Only a limited number of syscalls and other interfaces is supported at
 > all and I haven't received any reports about the IRIX compatibility
 > stuff in ages.  Anybody interested in maintaining this facility?

       IRIX 4.* binaries are COFF binaries, not ELF, and have a very
different ABI from IRIX 5.* binaries.  The present support is really
for IRIX 5 binaries, which are much closer in interface semantics to
Linux native binaries.

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