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SubjectRe: [PATCH] Return ENOEXEC, not ENOENT, if a binary's or script's interpreter doesn't exist.
On Thu 2009-07-30 13:08:58, Jonathan Reed wrote:
>> NAK. Current behaviour is useful -- and it is really file thats
>> missing.
>
> The current behavior is only useful to people who have an understanding
> of how interpreters and binaries work on Linux. The average desktop
> user

Proposed behaviour is useless to everyone.

> does not have that understanding. The average user gets an error message
> such as:
>
> /usr/bin/foo: No such file or directory.
>
> They then go and look at /usr/bin/foo, find that it exists, and are
> extremely confused.

ENOEXEC is confusing, too. It will have x bit.

>> Please improve manpage instead.
>
> What manpage do you suggest needs improvement? execve(2)? That
>again

execve, I'd say.

> requires an average user to realize that they need to go look at the
> execve(2) manpage. The average user is not going to realize that.

Improve shells to provide more helpful error message?
Pavel
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