Tool Interface StandardsOMF: Relocatable Object Module Format, Version 1.1
The Relocatable Object Module Format Specification, Version 1.1, is the result of the work of the Tool Interface Standards (TIS) Committee--an association of members of the microcomputerindustry formed to work toward standardization of the software interfaces visible to developmenttools for 32-bit Intel Architecture operating environments. Such interfaces include objectmodule formats, executable file formats, and debug record information and formats.The goal of the committee is to help streamline the software development process throughout themicrocomputer industry, currently concentrating on 32-bit operating environments. To that end,the committee has developed specifications--some for file formats that are portable acrossleading industry operating systems, and others describing formats for 32-bit Windows
operatingsystems. Originally distributed collectively as the TIS Portable Formats Specifications, Version1.1, these specifications are now separated and distributed individually.TIS Committee members include representatives from Absoft Corporation, Autodesk Corporation, Borland International Corporation, IBM Corporation, Intel Corporation, LaheyCorporation, Lotus Corporation, MetaWare Corporation, Microtec Research, MicrosoftCorporation, Novell Corporation, The Santa Cruz Operation, and WATCOM InternationalCorporation. PharLap Software Incorporated and Symantec Corporation also participated in thespecification definition efforts.The Relocatable Object Module Format Specification, Version 1.1, is the latest deliverable of the TIS Committee. It is based on existing, proven formats in keeping with the TIS Committee'sgoal to adopt, and when necessary, extend existing standards rather than invent new ones.
Relocatable Object Module Format Specification (OMF)
This document represents the TIS OMF specification, the 32-bit Relocatable Object ModuleFormat standard. OMF is the official definition for the standard relocatable object moduleformat (OMF) for 32-bit applications and tools for Intel Architectures. This document presentsthe heritage of the format with a focus on its current 32-bit aspects. It is published andcontrolled by the Tool Interface Standards (TIS) Committee, an open industry standards body,and will be revised as clarifications and technical information become available to the TISCommittee.This OMF represents the consolidation of different OMFs in use today into a single industrystandard specification. The information included within this document has been compiled fromthe following documents:
The MS-DOS Encyclopedia
by Microsoft Press, the
PharLap 386/Link Reference Manual
, the Intel 8086 object module specification (
Intel Technical Specification
IBM OS/2 16/32-bit Object Module Format (OMF) and Linear eXecutable Module Format (LX),
Revision 7 (dated April 24, 1993)
, and internal Microsoft documents.