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Oracle Solaris 11.1 Linkers and Libraries Guide     Oracle Solaris 11.1 Information Library
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Part I Using the Link-Editor and Runtime Linker

1.  Introduction to the Oracle Solaris Link Editors

2.  Link-Editor

3.  Runtime Linker

4.  Shared Objects

Part II Quick Reference

5.  Link-Editor Quick Reference

Part III Advanced Topics

6.  Direct Bindings

7.  Building Objects to Optimize System Performance

8.  Mapfiles

9.  Interfaces and Versioning

10.  Establishing Dependencies with Dynamic String Tokens

11.  Extensibility Mechanisms

Part IV ELF Application Binary Interface

12.  Object File Format

File Format

Data Representation

ELF Header

ELF Identification

Data Encoding


Section Merging

Special Sections

Ancillary Section

COMDAT Section

Group Section

Capabilities Section

Hash Table Section

Move Section

Note Section

Relocation Sections

Relocation Calculations

SPARC: Relocations

SPARC: Relocation Types

64-bit SPARC: Relocation Types

x86: Relocations

32-bit x86: Relocation Types

x64: Relocation Types

String Table Section

Symbol Table Section

Symbol Values

Symbol Table Layout and Conventions

Symbol Sort Sections

Register Symbols

Syminfo Table Section

Versioning Sections

Version Definition Section

Version Dependency Section

Version Symbol Section

13.  Program Loading and Dynamic Linking

14.  Thread-Local Storage

Part V Appendices

A.  Linker and Libraries Updates and New Features

B.  System V Release 4 (Version 1) Mapfiles


Data Encoding

A file's data encoding specifies how to interpret the integer types in a file. Class ELFCLASS32 files and class ELFCLASS64 files use integers that occupy 1, 2, 4, and 8 bytes to represent offsets, addresses and other information. Under the defined encodings, objects are represented as described by the figures that follow. Byte numbers appear in the upper left corners.

ELFDATA2LSB encoding specifies 2's complement values, with the least significant byte occupying the lowest address. This encoding if often referred to informally as little endian.

Figure 12-2 Data Encoding ELFDATA2LSB

image:ELFDATA2LSB data encoding.

ELFDATA2MSB encoding specifies 2's complement values, with the most significant byte occupying the lowest address. This encoding if often referred to informally as big endian.

Figure 12-3 Data Encoding ELFDATA2MSB

image:ELFDATA2MSB data encoding.