What is contained in the symbol table

could someone please tell me what exactly is contained in the symbol table, for an executable file. Also if you could tell me of a book that explains it to novices, that would be great (please don't give me a reference in the man pages beacuse I have looked). Thanks
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ahoffmannCommented:
the symbol table contains the mapping of symbol names (functions, variables, etc.) to their address and the type of the symbol.

You must look at your compiler/linker docs for detailed description of this.

the  nm  man-page could be a good start on UNIX.
See also for somthing about  a.out or ELF or COFF format.
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