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ELF 'Executable and Linkable Format' So if I generate Shared Object files .so are those considered ELF files?

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They're not considered ELF, they are ELF files. – Mat Dec 12 '12 at 19:16
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Yes, if you generate them on linux for native use. You can see this via file:

> file mylib.so
mylib.so: ELF 64-bit LSB shared object [...]
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