An step-by-step introduction into ELF files. Learn the structure and format, to understand how binaries and libraries on Linux systems work. This permits the linker script to set the output format based on the desired This says that the default format for the output file is ` elfbigmips ‘, but if the user. The header file defines the format of ELF executable binary files. used for N-bit architectures (N=32,64, ElfN stands for Elf32 or Elf64, uintN_t stands for .

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Relocation becomes handy when you need to load, for example, modules or drivers.

Note that depending on the compiler, you may have more sections like this. Notice that the ‘filesize’ and ‘memsize’ differ, which means the. But for others like ihex or bin there is no way for ld to choose the appropriate architecture emulation. Personal tools Log in. Contains the section index of an associated section. Unix System Laboratories [1]: I have some confusion with two command line options of GNU linker ld. Retrieved 27 April For an executable program, these are the text section for the code, the data section for global variables and the rodata section that usually contains constant strings.

Executable image and elf binary can being mapped onto each other.

elf(5) – Linux manual page

The logic that will allow an ELF program to run which is quite simple once you have a scheduler is this: Formah ELF file contains headers that describe how these sections should be stored in memory. By design, the ELF format is flexible, extensible, and cross-platform. It’s possible to use the “-r” option to ld to permit you to have eld32 object files linked into one big one, which means easier coding for,at faster testing.


The program header table tells the system how to create a process image. Post Your Answer Discard By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you acknowledge that you have read our updated terms of serviceprivacy policy and cookie policyand that your continued use of the website is subject to these policies. The group began email discussions in and first met together at the Santa Cruz Operation offices on August 22, Further specifies the ABI version.

The text header will be the first program header and the data header will be the second program header. They’ll be to appear starting at virtual address 0x for the program to work properly. Otherwise, this field contains zero. Consequently, ELF first appeared in Solaris 2.

Executable and Linkable Format

I tried to googled the anwser, but failed, I found two most relevant links below, but not answers my question: Contains the size, in bytes, of each entry, for sections that contain fixed-size entries. Note that depending on whether your file is a linkable or an executable file, the headers in the ELF file won’t be the same: The ELF format has replaced older executable formats in various environments.


In the files you will be working with, there will always be one text header and one data header. The segments contain information that is needed for run time execution of the file, while sections contain important data for linking and relocation. ELF Filename extension none.

For instance it supports different endiannesses and address sizes so it does not exclude any particular central processing unit CPU or instruction set architecture. The Complete Reference 2 ed.

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ELF – OSDev Wiki

This field is flf32 32 or 64 bits long depending on the format defined earlier. Meaning, the libraries are found in the system and then “bind” to the program that needs them while the program is running, versus static linking, which links the libraries before the program is run.

I uses an bit object file cpuid. Firmat ‘flags’ will tell you what’s actually available in the ELF file. Turns out I liked the uncertainty better”. Any byte in the entire file can be owned by one section at most, and orphan bytes can occur which are unowned by any section.

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