Subject: Exec format error?
To: None <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Peter Seebach <email@example.com>
Date: 12/16/2002 23:29:34
So, I'm updating a system. System is i386. Kernel is NetBSD 1.6K. Binaries
/bin/sh: ELF 32-bit LSB executable, Intel 80386, version 1 (SYSV),
dynamically linked (uses shared libs), stripped
/bin/sh says "/bin/sh: Exec format error".
The kernel has EXEC_AOUT and EXEC_ELF32.
Furthermore, 'file /usr/bin/file' gives the same output as 'file /bin/sh'.
Is this likely to have to do with the new /lib shared libraries? 'ldd'
succeeds on both /usr/bin/file and /bin/sh; /bin/sh points to /lib/libc.so.12,
whereas /usr/bin/file points to /usr/lib/libc.so.12. Both files exist, and
look "fine" - in fact, /usr/lib/libc.so.12 is itself a link to
To make it weirder, /usr/src is NFS-mounted. On the NFS server (also NetBSD
1.6K/i386), "/usr/src/bin/sh/obj/sh" works. On the client, it gets "Exec
The only difference I see is that the client doesn't have COMPAT_SVR4, but
it shouldn't need that, should it?