General Commands Manual
NAME elf2aout — convert a NetBSD ELF-format executable to NetBSD a.out format
Reads a fully-linked ELF executable (such as a linked kernel) and produces an equivalent a.out format executable file.
The elf2aout utility is used to convert native NetBSD ELF binaries to a.out format, for compatibility with bootblocks and kernel-reading utilities like kvm(3), which currently expect an a.out format kernel.
HISTORY elf2aout was originally developed for NetBSD/pmax by Ted Lemon and was first distributed with the pmax port of NetBSD 1.1.
assumes there are no multiply-referenced symbols in the input ELF symbol section. It may be necessary to link with -x
to avoid such duplicate symbols.
In some environments, the GNU binutils objcopy(1) utility may be a better solution than elf2aout.