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Re: modprobe: Can't locate module binfmt-e0ff

On Tue, Oct 01, 2002 at 11:34:57PM -0700, nate wrote:
> ThanhVu Nguyen said:
> > In my /etc/syslog, I have these lines ... not really sure what they mean
> > or how to fix it
> > 
> > Oct  1 06:55:24 HaLong modprobe: modprobe: Can't locate module
> > binfmt-e0ff
> looks like it may be related to this:
> http://packages.debian.org/unstable/admin/binfmt-support.html

No, that seems highly unlikely (speaking as the maintainer of that

When you try to execute something and the kernel can't find anything to
handle it, it makes a last-ditch attempt to find a handler by taking the
first two bytes of the file, converting them to hexadecimal, prepending
"binfmt-", and trying to load that module. That's what ThanhVu is
seeing. You can safely ignore it, or find out what's trying to execute
those files and stop it from doing so.

You *could* use binfmt-support to map --magic '\xe0\xff' to /bin/false
or something, but that's a pretty tangential relationship. :)
Alternatively, if you can't find whatever's doing the rogue execute and
you don't care, just 'alias binfmt-e0ff off' in /etc/modutils/aliases
and run update-modules, which will shut the kernel up about this.

Colin Watson                                  [cjwatson@flatline.org.uk]

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