Out of interest, what was the debian package you were examining?
qwurx shmem ~/stuff > file foo
foo: ELF 32-bit LSB executable, Intel 80386, version 1 (SYSV), dynamic
+ally linked (uses shared libs), for GNU/Linux 2.0.0, stripped
makes me think it's quite an old package, and created with a correspondingly ancient version of perl2exe. My company uses v8.80, which is not as trivial to extract the source from.
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