Precise: executables now shared libraries

Forum member FeodorF posted to me about this. An example is /usr/bin/Xorg, which 'file' reports:

# file /usr/bin/Xorg
/usr/bin/Xorg: ELF 32-bit LSB shared object, Intel 80386, version 1 (SYSV), dynamically linked (uses shared libs), for GNU/Linux 2.6.24, BuildID[sha1]=0x85311bab3ebf5578bfe33ac5b43e6910010c83b8, stripped


Whereas a normal binary executable looks like this:

# file /usr/bin/xmodmap
/usr/bin/xmodmap: ELF 32-bit LSB executable, Intel 80386, version 1 (SYSV), dynamically linked (uses shared libs), for GNU/Linux 2.6.15, BuildID[sha1]=0x65ff654e3e14b27ca4ec06b3e4969d7b333c1b29, stripped


Precise is built with a 'file' PET, not with the Ubuntu 'file' (and 'libmagic1) DEBs. I installed the DEBs, same problem.

It seems that some projects are now creating binary executables with a different format that 'file' does not properly recognise.
The Ubuntu DEB is version 5.11, which is the latest.


Posted on 27 Oct 2012, 17:56


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