Debugging advice

David Laight david at
Thu Oct 31 02:51:13 CST 2002

> That's because of differences between the ELF and PE binary
> formats. For instance, each Windows dll is in its own namespace, while
> ELF dlls share a single namespace; so we need to do linker tricks to
> simulate the PE behavior.

Did anyone consider writing a different elf interpreter (normally
ld.elf_so) so that a different method of handling the namespaces
could be used?

I certainly found that (on netbsd) part of the reason for the
slow start of programs like mozilla was the continual searching
for symbols in all of the shared libraries that make up the
program body (because they are searched for EVERY symbol).


David Laight: david at

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