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Bug 81739 - error "cannot execute binary file" when attempting to run program "kcml"
Summary: error "cannot execute binary file" when attempting to run program "kcml"
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: kernel
Version: 8.0
Hardware: i686
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Arjan van de Ven
QA Contact: Brian Brock
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2003-01-13 17:09 UTC by Jim Clement
Modified: 2007-04-18 16:49 UTC (History)
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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2003-06-05 14:13:59 UTC

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Description Jim Clement 2003-01-13 17:09:47 UTC
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Description of problem:
I installed redhat 8.0. I moved software package named "kcml" from SCO unix to 
redhat system using cpio. When I tried to execute the program, I received an 
error "cannot execute binary file". When I did "file kcml", I get "80386 COFF 
executeable". I checked all file permissions and ownership to be correct. I am 
an SCO Unix professional, with 12+ years running this software on SCO. I also 
loaded this same software on SuSE Linux and the programs executed without 
problems. I submitted the error to Redhat Web Support, and was asked by them to 
submit this to Bugzilla.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce: program by entering "/usr/lib/KCML/kcml DEVICES" (file "DEVICES" is a 
parameter file giving "kcml" the locations and file names of required files)

Actual Results:  -bash: /usr/lib/KCML/kcml: cannot execute binary file

Expected Results:  program should execute

Additional info:

This software has been running fine for the past 12 years on SCO Unix. I 
contacted the company that distributed the software and they explained it 
should be Linux compatable. I first loaded it on SuSe Linux and it executed 
fine. I thought I would rather migrate the software from SCO to Redhat Linux 
due a better availability of support and training. I need to migrate from SCO 
because of some needed hardware drivers that are available for Redhat & SuSE 
Linux, that are not being offered f

Comment 1 Arjan van de Ven 2003-01-13 17:28:18 UTC
did you load the modules needed for linux-abi ?
(linux-abi is the sco interoperability stuff)

Comment 2 Michael K. Johnson 2003-01-13 19:06:56 UTC
I'm not sure what the vendor meant by "Linux compatible" but SCO
binaries are not "Linux compatible" unless you consider the linux-abi
project, maintained separately from Linux, to provide that capability.
We have sometimes but not always included linux-abi or its predecessor
"ibcs2" in Red Hat Linux but have not considered it supported functionality
when we have included it; it has been included on an as-is basis when it
has been included at all.

Kerridge's web site says (at
that Linux is supported natively as of KCML 6.00 -- we would recommend that
you obtain a native copy of KCML for Linux; while we can't give any
guarantees, we would expect a native application to work better than a
non-native application.

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