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    SubjectRe: [RFC][PATCH 1/2] binfmt_elf: FatELF support in the binary loader.
    On 10/19/09 21:43, Ryan C. Gordon wrote:
    > I'm not sure the added flexibility is worth the extra complications.
    > FatELF solves a specific problem: merging multiple ELF targets into one
    > file, the most compelling use-case being to glue x86_64 and i686 binaries
    > together.
    >
    > What you're describing would definitely be the route I'd have chosen if,
    > say, a.out files were still in widespread use and actively competed with
    > ELF for mindshare.
    >

    It would be nice to have something that would conceptually work for
    other architectures with other executable file formats. Granted ELF is
    most common, but its far from the only one.

    A generic approach would allow the last-option fallback executable to be
    a shell/python/perl script which could do something useful (like display
    a useful message).

    >> That is, what you have here, but without hacking up binfmt_elf more.
    >>
    > I like to think of it as art, like a chef carving a fine piece of meat. :)
    >

    Well, its really a bit diseased, with lots of gristly bits and a few
    unexpected tubes sticking out the side.

    J


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