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So I'm looking for a command on Linux that would let me execute a file as binary, but skipping the first x bytes, so:

$ echo "some text" > file
$ cat /bin/bash >> file
$ ??? file  # should run bash
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this is probably the closest you will get:

dd if=container.txt of=executable bs=<bytes to skip> skip=1
chmod +x executable
./executable
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Not quite was I was hoping for, but I think you're right about it being the best I can do. – Brendan Long Feb 11 '10 at 23:34

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