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binary problems


I'm having a strange problem with some machines here. Both are pentiums
running debian which have the same versions of all software on them. The
kernel version is 2.0.30. Within the last couple hours, something's
happened to cause them to have trouble executing binaries. One was an
executable I compiled, the other was doom (even more important). The
message I get after executing is:

[executable]: Exec format error. Binary file not executable.

And yet running "file" on it gives:

[executable]: Linux/i386 demand-paged executable (ZMAGIC), stripped

which should be fine. (This same program works on another Linux machine I
have)  I thought it might be a problem with binutils or libbfd but
reinstalling them didn't help. For some reason, recompiling the first
application seemed to fix the problem but with doom, I'm stuck (and with
any other executable I download). Any ideas why this is happening?


J. Goldman

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