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What is contained in the symbol table

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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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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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