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ELF - executable and linkage format - does this.  ELF was originally implemented for Unix SYSV and adapted to Linux by Eric Youngdale to replace the classic a.out binary format as the default binary format for Linux [http://www.linuxjournal.com/article/1059 (Linux Journal #12 April 1995)].
 
ELF - executable and linkage format - does this.  ELF was originally implemented for Unix SYSV and adapted to Linux by Eric Youngdale to replace the classic a.out binary format as the default binary format for Linux [http://www.linuxjournal.com/article/1059 (Linux Journal #12 April 1995)].
 
::As a point of info, the patent claim specifically describes dynamic linking ''during'' execution, which is lazy linking. Not all ELF implementations support this or use it as default, but earlier implementations of dynamic linking on the ''a.out'' binary format usually performed lazy linking by default. This is illustrated via the binder() function in [http://cvsweb.netbsd.org/bsdweb.cgi/src/libexec/ld.aout_so/Attic/rtld.c?rev=1.1&content-type=text/x-cvsweb-markup&only_with_tag=MAIN rtld.c] from NetBSD and FreeBSD in 1993. Arguably however, Sun itself had art of its own prior to this (in SunOS 4), so something even earlier may need to be found.
 
  
 
''Looks like a p-code interpreter http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P-code_machine to me''
 
''Looks like a p-code interpreter http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P-code_machine to me''

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