

Because of symbolic debugging requirements, the order of symbols in the symbol table is very important. Symbols appear in the sequence shown in ``COFF symbol table''.
COFF symbol table
filename 1 
function 1 
C_WEAKEXT aliases 
for function 1 
function 1b (alias) 
. . . 
local symbols for function 1 
function 2 
C_WEAKEXT aliases 
for function 2 
. . . 
local symbols for function 2 
. . . 
statics 
. . . 
filename 2 
function 1 
C_WEAKEXT aliases 
for function 1 
. . . 
local symbols for function 1 
. . . 
statics 
. . . 
defined global symbols 
undefined global symbols 
The word ``statics'' in
``COFF symbol table''
means symbols defined
with the C language storage class static
outside any function.
The symbol table consists of at least one fixedlength entry per symbol
with some symbols followed by
auxiliary entries of the same size.
The entry for each symbol is a
structure that holds
the value, the type,
and other information.