Re: 2.1/2.2: a.out question

Riley Williams (
Sat, 2 May 1998 08:46:29 +0100 (BST)

Hi there.

>> For reference, my system is based on an Intel P166 processor with 96M
>> of RAM and (currently) 4.5G of HD space, to be upped to 10.9G shortly
>> (I bought the drive today, but have yet to fit it) running RedHat 5.0
>> and I've also verified that I currently don't have any a.out binaries
>> on my system using the following command as root:

>> Q> for Z in `find / -name '*'` ; do file $Z ; done \
>> Q> | grep executable | grep -v ELF | grep -v script | less

>> On my system, that produced a blank display...

> I would hope blank = empty as contain is concerned - blank is
> usually associated with negative linux performance...

Blank as in "less cleared the screen, then displayed absolutely
nothing other than the colon in the bottom left corner" if that

> But anyway.. this started out nicely.. I have received a couple of
> personal e-mails and some that were also sent to the list.


> What I would really like would be for the men in charge (L, A, T)
> to comment is it just for maintaining > 2.0 > 1.3 > 1.2
> compatibility why we should have a.out in our kernels.

I would have to assume so, but perhaps one of them would care to
provide a definative answer...

> Thank you all for your professional/thought out input sofar.

No problem...

Best wishes from Riley.

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