|Help my understanding of compiled code firstname.lastname@example.org (1999-11-09)|
|Re: Help my understanding of compiled code email@example.com (1999-11-16)|
|Re: Help my understanding of compiled code firstname.lastname@example.org (Alan Donovan) (1999-11-16)|
|Re: Help my understanding of compiled code email@example.com (Christian Sell) (1999-11-16)|
|Re: Help my understanding of compiled code firstname.lastname@example.org (1999-11-18)|
|From:||email@example.com (Michael Hicks)|
|Date:||18 Nov 1999 02:44:32 -0500|
|Organization:||University of Pennsylvania|
Alan Donovan (firstname.lastname@example.org) wrote:
: If you want to look at one, find a Windows box, and invoke Quick View
: on an file of type .exe or .dll -- this will show the COFF header and
: some other windowsy things.
On UNIXes, or on Windows with a GNU compatibility library like Cygwin,
you can use objdump to examine the contents of executable and
relocatable object files. They will show things like the section
headers, the disassembled code in the .text segment, etc.
: Search the web for ELF or COFF and you're bound to find something.
A recent post to this newsgroup referred to John R. Levine's book,
entitled "Linkers and Loaders." I just bought it, and it does a fine
job of explaining the ins and outs of object files, how things are
linked, Windows vs. Unix, etc. Includes a description of ELF and
a.out (I believe this is the same as COFF).
On-line, a good source of references for ELF and PE formats is
Ph.D. Candidate, the University of Pennsylvania
[The book is, amazingly, temporarily out of stock. Evidently the
first print run sold out instantly, we're waiting for the new run to
be done. I'm the author, and I've only been able to get one (1) copy
out of them so far. -John]
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