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Date:   Tue, 5 Mar 2019 10:19:04 +0100
From:   Borislav Petkov <>
To:     Jann Horn <>
Cc:     Al Viro <>,
        Thomas Gleixner <>,
        kernel list <>,,
        the arch/x86 maintainers <>,
        Linux API <>
Subject: Re: a.out coredumping: fix or delete?

On Sat, Mar 02, 2019 at 12:57:30AM +0100, Jann Horn wrote:
> In theory, Linux can dump cores for a.out binaries. In practice, that
> code is pretty bitrotten and buggy. Does anyone want that code so much
> that they'd like to fix it, or can we just delete it?

I was asking myself the same question while doing

  10970e1b4be9 ("x86/a.out: Clear the dump structure initially")

especially since it is kinda hard to get the toolchain to even create an
a.out executable - your script to create one case-in-point.


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