Subject: Re: COMPAT_AOUT removal
To: Frank van der Linden <>
From: Todd Vierling <>
List: current-users
Date: 08/06/2000 23:23:47
On Mon, 7 Aug 2000, Frank van der Linden wrote:

: So far, I've heard of 2 people who use COMPAT_AOUT for its (unwanted)
: side-effects. To me, that is not convincing enough to keep code in
: the kernel that will confuse people by what it does when they enable
: it, and which will break things too.

*NOT* having it enabled breaks things for me, because it is, quite plainly,
an emulation.  The native binaries are ELF, not a.out, and they are *not*
"simple" to intermix.

I've yet to hear compelling arguments as to why it's detrimental.  After
all, binaries for other emulations use this scheme.  Please do not remove
this option based on your own whim.

-- Todd Vierling <>  *
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