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fs: make binfmt support for #! scripts modular and removable

Add a new configuration option CONFIG_BINFMT_SCRIPT to configure support
for interpreted scripts starting with "#!"; allow compiling out that
support, or building it as a module.  Embedded systems running exclusively
compiled binaries could leave this support out, and systems that don't
need scripts before mounting the root filesystem can build this as a

Signed-off-by: Josh Triplett <>
Cc: Al Viro <>
Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <>
Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <>
1 parent d6d67e7 commit 2535e0d723e4d7723b030f39fb350e436bdb983f @joshtriplett joshtriplett committed with Apr 30, 2013
Showing with 15 additions and 4 deletions.
  1. +14 −0 fs/Kconfig.binfmt
  2. +1 −4 fs/Makefile
@@ -65,6 +65,20 @@ config CORE_DUMP_DEFAULT_ELF_HEADERS
This config option changes the default setting of coredump_filter
seen at boot time. If unsure, say Y.
+ tristate "Kernel support for scripts starting with #!"
+ default y
+ help
+ Say Y here if you want to execute interpreted scripts starting with
+ #! followed by the path to an interpreter.
+ You can build this support as a module; however, until that module
+ gets loaded, you cannot run scripts. Thus, if you want to load this
+ module from an initramfs, the portion of the initramfs before loading
+ this module must consist of compiled binaries only.
+ Most systems will not boot if you say M or N here. If unsure, say Y.
bool "Kernel support for flat binaries"
depends on !MMU && (!FRV || BROKEN)
@@ -34,10 +34,7 @@ obj-$(CONFIG_COMPAT) += compat.o compat_ioctl.o
obj-$(CONFIG_BINFMT_AOUT) += binfmt_aout.o
obj-$(CONFIG_BINFMT_EM86) += binfmt_em86.o
obj-$(CONFIG_BINFMT_MISC) += binfmt_misc.o
-# binfmt_script is always there
-obj-y += binfmt_script.o
+obj-$(CONFIG_BINFMT_SCRIPT) += binfmt_script.o
obj-$(CONFIG_BINFMT_ELF) += binfmt_elf.o
obj-$(CONFIG_COMPAT_BINFMT_ELF) += compat_binfmt_elf.o
obj-$(CONFIG_BINFMT_ELF_FDPIC) += binfmt_elf_fdpic.o

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