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CONFIG_BINFMT_MISC: Kernel support for MISC binaries

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The Linux kernel configuration item CONFIG_BINFMT_MISC:

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If you say Y here, it will be possible to plug wrapper-driven binary formats into the kernel. You will like this especially when you use programs that need an interpreter to run like Java, Python, .NET or Emacs-Lisp. It's also useful if you often run DOS executables under the Linux DOS emulator DOSEMU (read the DOSEMU-HOWTO, available from Once you have registered such a binary class with the kernel, you can start one of those programs simply by typing in its name at a shell prompt; Linux will automatically feed it to the correct interpreter.

You can do other nice things, too. Read the file Documentation/binfmt_misc.txt to learn how to use this feature, Documentation/admin-guide/java.rst for information about how to include Java support. and Documentation/admin-guide/mono.rst for information about how to include Mono-based .NET support.

To use binfmt_misc, you will need to mount it: mount binfmt_misc -t binfmt_misc /proc/sys/fs/binfmt_misc

You may say M here for module support and later load the module when you have use for it; the module is called binfmt_misc. If you don't know what to answer at this point, say Y.



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