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Date:   Wed, 6 Mar 2019 16:07:29 +0100
From:   Geert Uytterhoeven <>
To:     Borislav Petkov <>
Cc:     Linus Torvalds <>,
        Alan Cox <>,
        Matthew Wilcox <>,
        Jann Horn <>,
        Al Viro <>,
        Thomas Gleixner <>,
        kernel list <>,
        linux-fsdevel <>,
        "the arch/x86 maintainers" <>,
        Linux API <>,
        Andrew Morton <>,
        Richard Weinberger <>,
        Anton Ivanov <>,
        alpha <>,
        linux-m68k <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] x86: Deprecate a.out support

Hi Borislav,

On Tue, Mar 5, 2019 at 8:04 PM Borislav Petkov <> wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 05, 2019 at 07:11:38PM +0100, Borislav Petkov wrote:
> > I guess you could Cc arch maintainers with the a.out-core.h removal
> > patch to see if anyone screams.
> And they're like two for which we need confirmation:
> $ git ls-files | grep a.out-core.h
> arch/alpha/include/asm/a.out-core.h
> arch/m68k/include/asm/a.out-core.h
> arch/um/include/asm/a.out-core.h
> arch/x86/include/asm/a.out-core.h
> um and x86 are clear.
> Adding alpha and m68k MLs to Cc.


The oldest binaries I still have lying around (an ext2 ramdisk image,
still used from time to time) are ELF, from just after the a.out to ELF
transition on m68k.

I think it's safe to assume no one still runs a.out binaries on m68k.



Geert Uytterhoeven -- There's lots of Linux beyond ia32 --

In personal conversations with technical people, I call myself a hacker. But
when I'm talking to journalists I just say "programmer" or something like that.
                                -- Linus Torvalds

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