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CONFIG_BINFMT_AOUT: Kernel support for a.out and ECOFF binaries

General informations

The Linux kernel configuration item CONFIG_BINFMT_AOUT has multiple definitions:

Kernel support for a.out and ECOFF binaries found in fs/Kconfig.binfmt

The configuration item CONFIG_BINFMT_AOUT:

Help text

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.

Kernel support for a.out binaries found in arch/arm26/Kconfig

The configuration item CONFIG_BINFMT_AOUT:

Help text

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.

As more and more programs are converted to ELF, the use for a.out will gradually diminish. If you disable this option it will reduce your kernel by one page. This is not much and by itself does not warrant removing support. However its removal is a good idea if you wish to ensure that absolutely none of your programs will use this older executable format. If you don't know what to answer at this point then answer Y. If someone told you "You need a kernel with QMAGIC support" then you'll have to say Y here. You may answer M to compile a.out support as a module and later load the module when you want to use a program or library in a.out format. The module will be called binfmt_aout. Saying M or N here is dangerous though, because some crucial programs on your system might still be in A.OUT format.

Kernel support for a.out (ECOFF) binaries found in arch/alpha/Kconfig

The configuration item CONFIG_BINFMT_AOUT:

Help text

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.

As more and more programs are converted to ELF, the use for a.out will gradually diminish. If you disable this option it will reduce your kernel by one page. This is not much and by itself does not warrant removing support. However its removal is a good idea if you wish to ensure that absolutely none of your programs will use this older executable format. If you don't know what to answer at this point then answer Y. If someone told you "You need a kernel with QMAGIC support" then you'll have to say Y here. You may answer M to compile a.out support as a module and later load the module when you want to use a program or library in a.out format. The module will be called binfmt_aout. Saying M or N here is dangerous though, because some crucial programs on your system might still be in A.OUT format.

Kernel support for a.out binaries found in arch/um/Kconfig

The configuration item CONFIG_BINFMT_AOUT:

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Kernel support for a.out binaries found in arch/sparc/Kconfig

The configuration item CONFIG_BINFMT_AOUT:

Help text

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.

As more and more programs are converted to ELF, the use for a.out will gradually diminish. If you disable this option it will reduce your kernel by one page. This is not much and by itself does not warrant removing support. However its removal is a good idea if you wish to ensure that absolutely none of your programs will use this older executable format. If you don't know what to answer at this point then answer Y. If someone told you "You need a kernel with QMAGIC support" then you'll have to say Y here. You may answer M to compile a.out support as a module and later load the module when you want to use a program or library in a.out format. The module will be called binfmt_aout. Saying M or N here is dangerous though, because some crucial programs on your system might still be in A.OUT format.

Kernel support for a.out binaries found in arch/m68k/Kconfig

The configuration item CONFIG_BINFMT_AOUT:

Help text

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.

As more and more programs are converted to ELF, the use for a.out will gradually diminish. If you disable this option it will reduce your kernel by one page. This is not much and by itself does not warrant removing support. However its removal is a good idea if you wish to ensure that absolutely none of your programs will use this older executable format. If you don't know what to answer at this point then answer Y. If someone told you "You need a kernel with QMAGIC support" then you'll have to say Y here. You may answer M to compile a.out support as a module and later load the module when you want to use a program or library in a.out format. The module will be called binfmt_aout. Saying M or N here is dangerous though, because some crucial programs on your system might still be in A.OUT format.

Kernel support for a.out binaries found in arch/i386/Kconfig

The configuration item CONFIG_BINFMT_AOUT:

Help text

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.

As more and more programs are converted to ELF, the use for a.out will gradually diminish. If you disable this option it will reduce your kernel by one page. This is not much and by itself does not warrant removing support. However its removal is a good idea if you wish to ensure that absolutely none of your programs will use this older executable format. If you don't know what to answer at this point then answer Y. If someone told you "You need a kernel with QMAGIC support" then you'll have to say Y here. You may answer M to compile a.out support as a module and later load the module when you want to use a program or library in a.out format. The module will be called binfmt_aout. Saying M or N here is dangerous though, because some crucial programs on your system might still be in A.OUT format.

Kernel support for a.out binaries found in arch/arm/Kconfig

The configuration item CONFIG_BINFMT_AOUT:

Help text

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.

As more and more programs are converted to ELF, the use for a.out will gradually diminish. If you disable this option it will reduce your kernel by one page. This is not much and by itself does not warrant removing support. However its removal is a good idea if you wish to ensure that absolutely none of your programs will use this older executable format. If you don't know what to answer at this point then answer Y. If someone told you "You need a kernel with QMAGIC support" then you'll have to say Y here. You may answer M to compile a.out support as a module and later load the module when you want to use a program or library in a.out format. The module will be called binfmt_aout. Saying M or N here is dangerous though, because some crucial programs on your system might still be in A.OUT format.

found in arch/mips/Kconfig

The configuration item CONFIG_BINFMT_AOUT:

Help text

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.

As more and more programs are converted to ELF, the use for a.out will gradually diminish. If you disable this option it will reduce your kernel by one page. This is not much and by itself does not warrant removing support. However its removal is a good idea if you wish to ensure that absolutely none of your programs will use this older executable format. If you don't know what to answer at this point then answer Y. If someone told you "You need a kernel with QMAGIC support" then you'll have to say Y here. You may answer M to compile a.out support as a module and later load the module when you want to use a program or library in a.out format. The module will be called binfmt_aout. Saying M or N here is dangerous though, because some crucial programs on your system might still be in A.OUT format.

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