[Mono-devel-list] Seemless Executibles?

Tom Larsen tomar at apricot.com
Thu Jun 17 18:20:27 EDT 2004

Don't quote me on this since I'm not a PE format guru but I believe
at least on Windows .Net executibles pull a small feature to fake out
the execution environment.  When you run or double click on a .Net built
exe file, the system loads the binary where the PE header tells the system
to load a publicly exported "start" function found in mscoree.dll and
from there on out, this is responsible for IL execution.  The binary
executible basically does a "redirect" to the IL interpter so the OS
can't tell the difference and handles these binaries like old Win32

So here is the big money question: Can the mono runtime do this?  Has
anyone even thought about implementing this?  Or does mono already
do this and I've been writing little shell scripts for nothing? :-)

Tom Larsen

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