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CONFIG_BINFMT_AOUT: Kernel support for a.out and ECOFF binaries

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The Linux kernel configuration item CONFIG_BINFMT_AOUT:

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A.out (Assembler.OUTput) is a set of formats for libraries and executables used in the earliest versions of UNIX. Linux used the a.out formats QMAGIC and ZMAGIC until they were replaced with the ELF format.

The conversion to ELF started in 1995. This option is primarily provided for historical interest and for the benefit of those who need to run binaries from that era.

Most people should answer N here. If you think you may have occasional use for this format, enable module support above and answer M here to compile this support as a module called binfmt_aout.

If any crucial components of your system (such as /sbin/init or /lib/ld.so) are still in a.out format, you will have to say Y here.

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