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  1 config BINFMT_ELF
  2         bool "Kernel support for ELF binaries"
  3         depends on MMU && (BROKEN || !FRV)
  4         select ELFCORE
  5         default y
  6         ---help---
  7           ELF (Executable and Linkable Format) is a format for libraries and
  8           executables used across different architectures and operating
  9           systems. Saying Y here will enable your kernel to run ELF binaries
 10           and enlarge it by about 13 KB. ELF support under Linux has now all
 11           but replaced the traditional Linux a.out formats (QMAGIC and ZMAGIC)
 12           because it is portable (this does *not* mean that you will be able
 13           to run executables from different architectures or operating systems
 14           however) and makes building run-time libraries very easy. Many new
 15           executables are distributed solely in ELF format. You definitely
 16           want to say Y here.
 18           Information about ELF is contained in the ELF HOWTO available from
 19           <>.
 21           If you find that after upgrading from Linux kernel 1.2 and saying Y
 22           here, you still can't run any ELF binaries (they just crash), then
 23           you'll have to install the newest ELF runtime libraries, including
 24  (check the file <file:Documentation/Changes> for location and
 25           latest version).
 28         bool
 29         depends on COMPAT && BINFMT_ELF
 30         select ELFCORE
 33         bool
 36         bool "Kernel support for FDPIC ELF binaries"
 37         default y
 38         depends on (FRV || BLACKFIN || (SUPERH32 && !MMU) || C6X)
 39         select ELFCORE
 40         help
 41           ELF FDPIC binaries are based on ELF, but allow the individual load
 42           segments of a binary to be located in memory independently of each
 43           other. This makes this format ideal for use in environments where no
 44           MMU is available as it still permits text segments to be shared,
 45           even if data segments are not.
 47           It is also possible to run FDPIC ELF binaries on MMU linux also.
 49 config ELFCORE
 50         bool
 51         help
 52           This option enables kernel/elfcore.o.
 55         bool "Write ELF core dumps with partial segments"
 56         default y
 57         depends on BINFMT_ELF && ELF_CORE
 58         help
 59           ELF core dump files describe each memory mapping of the crashed
 60           process, and can contain or omit the memory contents of each one.
 61           The contents of an unmodified text mapping are omitted by default.
 63           For an unmodified text mapping of an ELF object, including just
 64           the first page of the file in a core dump makes it possible to
 65           identify the build ID bits in the file, without paying the i/o
 66           cost and disk space to dump all the text.  However, versions of
 67           GDB before 6.7 are confused by ELF core dump files in this format.
 69           The core dump behavior can be controlled per process using
 70           the /proc/PID/coredump_filter pseudo-file; this setting is
 71           inherited.  See Documentation/filesystems/proc.txt for details.
 73           This config option changes the default setting of coredump_filter
 74           seen at boot time.  If unsure, say Y.
 76 config BINFMT_SCRIPT
 77         tristate "Kernel support for scripts starting with #!"
 78         default y
 79         help
 80           Say Y here if you want to execute interpreted scripts starting with
 81           #! followed by the path to an interpreter.
 83           You can build this support as a module; however, until that module
 84           gets loaded, you cannot run scripts.  Thus, if you want to load this
 85           module from an initramfs, the portion of the initramfs before loading
 86           this module must consist of compiled binaries only.
 88           Most systems will not boot if you say M or N here.  If unsure, say Y.
 90 config BINFMT_FLAT
 91         bool "Kernel support for flat binaries"
 92         depends on !MMU && (!FRV || BROKEN)
 93         help
 94           Support uClinux FLAT format binaries.
 96 config BINFMT_ZFLAT
 97         bool "Enable ZFLAT support"
 98         depends on BINFMT_FLAT
 99         select ZLIB_INFLATE
100         help
101           Support FLAT format compressed binaries
104         bool "Enable shared FLAT support"
105         depends on BINFMT_FLAT
106         help
107           Support FLAT shared libraries
109 config HAVE_AOUT
110        def_bool n
112 config BINFMT_AOUT
113         tristate "Kernel support for a.out and ECOFF binaries"
114         depends on HAVE_AOUT
115         ---help---
116           A.out (Assembler.OUTput) is a set of formats for libraries and
117           executables used in the earliest versions of UNIX.  Linux used
118           the a.out formats QMAGIC and ZMAGIC until they were replaced
119           with the ELF format.
121           The conversion to ELF started in 1995.  This option is primarily
122           provided for historical interest and for the benefit of those
123           who need to run binaries from that era.
125           Most people should answer N here.  If you think you may have
126           occasional use for this format, enable module support above
127           and answer M here to compile this support as a module called
128           binfmt_aout.
130           If any crucial components of your system (such as /sbin/init
131           or /lib/ are still in a.out format, you will have to
132           say Y here.
134 config OSF4_COMPAT
135         bool "OSF/1 v4 readv/writev compatibility"
136         depends on ALPHA && BINFMT_AOUT
137         help
138           Say Y if you are using OSF/1 binaries (like Netscape and Acrobat)
139           with v4 shared libraries freely available from Compaq. If you're
140           going to use shared libraries from Tru64 version 5.0 or later, say N.
142 config BINFMT_EM86
143         tristate "Kernel support for Linux/Intel ELF binaries"
144         depends on ALPHA
145         ---help---
146           Say Y here if you want to be able to execute Linux/Intel ELF
147           binaries just like native Alpha binaries on your Alpha machine. For
148           this to work, you need to have the emulator /usr/bin/em86 in place.
150           You can get the same functionality by saying N here and saying Y to
151           "Kernel support for MISC binaries".
153           You may answer M to compile the emulation support as a module and
154           later load the module when you want to use a Linux/Intel binary. The
155           module will be called binfmt_em86. If unsure, say Y.
157 config BINFMT_MISC
158         tristate "Kernel support for MISC binaries"
159         ---help---
160           If you say Y here, it will be possible to plug wrapper-driven binary
161           formats into the kernel. You will like this especially when you use
162           programs that need an interpreter to run like Java, Python, .NET or
163           Emacs-Lisp. It's also useful if you often run DOS executables under
164           the Linux DOS emulator DOSEMU (read the DOSEMU-HOWTO, available from
165           <>). Once you have
166           registered such a binary class with the kernel, you can start one of
167           those programs simply by typing in its name at a shell prompt; Linux
168           will automatically feed it to the correct interpreter.
170           You can do other nice things, too. Read the file
171           <file:Documentation/binfmt_misc.txt> to learn how to use this
172           feature, <file:Documentation/java.txt> for information about how
173           to include Java support. and <file:Documentation/mono.txt> for
174           information about how to include Mono-based .NET support.
176           To use binfmt_misc, you will need to mount it:
177                 mount binfmt_misc -t binfmt_misc /proc/sys/fs/binfmt_misc
179           You may say M here for module support and later load the module when
180           you have use for it; the module is called binfmt_misc. If you
181           don't know what to answer at this point, say Y.
183 config COREDUMP
184         bool "Enable core dump support" if EXPERT
185         default y
186         help
187           This option enables support for performing core dumps. You almost
188           certainly want to say Y here. Not necessary on systems that never
189           need debugging or only ever run flawless code.

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