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In Kali Linux whenever I open a binary in Olly Debugger after compiling the c source file, it gives an error:

"The file is not a valid PE file."

No debugging takes place thereafter. Is there any workaround for this?

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gcc complies to the ELF format. PE is for Windows Executable files.

Use a Linux debugger. Something like gdb is fine.

Or cross-compile the c file to a Windows one (if that suits your use case)

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Linux uses the ELF format for binaries.

Windows uses primarily the PE format.

They are distinct. Olly is made for Windows binaries and does not understand ELF files.

GDB is a good debugger for Linux.

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