The man page for ld makes reference to AT&T’s Link Editor Command Language, however a Google search does not offer a satisfactory explanation as to what AT&T’s Link Editor Command Language is or was, other than pointing to said man pages, whereas I expect a Wikipedia page coming up in the first five results.

It seems like there is a vital piece of computing history missing here. Does anyone have some reference or historical documentation on this language? Something we can put in Wikipedia to preserve for posterity?

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The Link Editor Command Language appears to be described in the AT&T UNIX™ PC Model 7300 Unix System V Programmers Guide, chapter 17: The Link Editor.

I found a copy of the Programmer's Guide (pdf) at http://www.tenox.net/docs/. The relevant section is on page 524 of the linked .pdf.

  • Thanks for that! I intend to create a Wikipedia entry for this once I have researched it a bit more. (Optional:) Can you help me by defining what the language is (for) / how classified? How would I continue a sentence starting "The AT&T Link Editor Command Language is ...". Commented Feb 5, 2013 at 18:31
  • It would be nice to have some background/history as well, e.g. who created it, how it came about etc. How about this for an overview description: "The AT&T Link Editor Command Language is a language used by the Unix ld command for describing how object files and libraries are linked together to produce an executable." Commented Feb 5, 2013 at 18:42

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