Bug#78872: ITP: binfmt-support -- Support for extra binary formats (fwd)
Forwarding to debian-mentors; it didn't make it last time due to a silly
----- Forwarded message from Colin Watson <email@example.com> -----
Date: Wed, 6 Dec 2000 00:33:17 +0000
From: Colin Watson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: ITP: binfmt-support -- Support for extra binary formats
I discussed this package in
<URL:http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-0004/msg00066.html>; I'd hoped
that my NM application would go a lot more quickly than it has, so I
haven't formally ITPed it until now.
Maintainer: Colin Watson <email@example.com>
Description: Support for extra binary formats
The binfmt_misc kernel module, contained in versions 2.1.43 and later of the
Linux kernel, allows system administrators to register interpreters for
various binary formats based on a magic number or their file extension, and
cause the appropriate interpreter to be invoked whenever a matching file is
executed. Think of it as a more flexible version of the #! executable
This package provides an 'update-binfmts' script with which package
maintainers can register interpreters to be used with this module without
having to worry about writing their own init.d scripts, and which sysadmins
can use for a slightly higher-level interface to this module.
I'm the author, the licence is GPL, and it's lintian-clean. The main
limitation at the moment is the lack of Hurd compatibility, which will
have to wait until I have time to get my Hurd system going properly.
Packages are at <URL:http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~cjwatson/debian>
(1.0.2 will be there shortly after I submit this bug report).
I've Cc'd this message to debian-devel because I'm not yet a developer,
and so I'm looking for a sponsor for this package. If anybody is
interested and would contact me, it would be much appreciated.
Colin Watson [firstname.lastname@example.org]