The program origin is WHAT?

Phil Jensen <>
19 Feb 2000 00:28:48 -0500

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From: Phil Jensen <>
Newsgroups: comp.compilers
Date: 19 Feb 2000 00:28:48 -0500
Organization: Compilers Central
Keywords: architecture, design, comment

A little trivia question, inspired by reading our trusty moderator's
book _Linkers and Loaders_ ...

Does anyone know where the practice arose of loading 386 binaries at
the totally goofy address 0x8048000 ?

[The 386 has two-level page tables and needs a new 4K page table for each
4M chunk of address space in use. It puts the stack just below the text
segment, which lets most programs run with a single page table. -John]

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