Re: binfmt_script and ^M

From: Erik Hensema (
Date: Wed Feb 28 2001 - 15:10:43 EST

On Tue, Feb 27, 2001 at 01:44:08PM +0000, Alan Cox wrote:
> > When running a script (perl in this case) that has DOS-style
> > newlines (\r\n), Linux 2.4.2 can't find an interpreter because it
> > doesn't recognize the \r. The following patch should fix this
> > (untested).

> Fix the script. The kernel expects a specific format

How about letting the kernel return ENOEXEC instead of ENOENT? It would
give the luser just the little extra hint about converting their files to
Unix format.

$ ls
$ head -1 testscript
$ ./testscript
bash: ./testscript: No such file or directory


$ ./testscript
bash: ./testscript: Exec format error

I haven't got a clue what Posix requires though.

Erik Hensema (
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