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Date:   Wed, 6 Mar 2019 09:11:44 -0500
From:   "Theodore Y. Ts'o" <tytso@....edu>
To:     Thomas Gleixner <tglx@...utronix.de>
CC:     Matthew Wilcox <willy@...radead.org>,
        Borislav Petkov <bp@...en8.de>, Jann Horn <jannh@...gle.com>,
        Al Viro <viro@...iv.linux.org.uk>,
        kernel list <linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>,
        <linux-fsdevel@...r.kernel.org>,
        the arch/x86 maintainers <x86@...nel.org>,
        Linux API <linux-api@...r.kernel.org>
Subject: Re: a.out coredumping: fix or delete?

On Wed, Mar 06, 2019 at 01:25:17PM +0100, Thomas Gleixner wrote:
> > It's been 25 years since Linux added support for ELF.  Can we just
> > delete the a.out support entirely now?  According to the Linux-ELF HOWTO,
> > support was added in 1.1.52 (August 1994).  It's pretty much necromancy
> > at this point.
> 
> The Kernel-Necrophilia cult members might disagree. :)
> 
> But yes, good riddance.

Doesn't Minix 1.0 use a.out?  It *is* cool to be able to binaries from
run dead operating systems.  :-)

						- Ted

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