Subject: Re: Binutil grip (fwd)
To: Erik Bertelsen <>
From: Henry B. Hotz <>
List: port-mac68k
Date: 06/02/1997 08:57:26
At 8:39 AM 6/2/97, Erik Bertelsen wrote:
>On Sun, 1 Jun 1997, Jason Thorpe wrote:
>.. On Sun, 1 Jun 1997 16:53:23 -0400 (EDT)
>..  Benoit MARTEL <> wrote:
>..  > with shared libs. It would be really good if we could just get rid
>of the
>..  > basterdized versions once and for all.
>.. In any case, I've been playing around with Elf on the m68k as I have
>.. time, so eventually, we'll have Elf shared libraries, and thus use
>.. stock GNU tools.
>.. Jason R. Thorpe                             
>To add to Jason's remarks: The pmax port (what about powerpc and alpha?)
>use Elf instead of aout, and works with current gcc & binutils. On one
>hand this is good, but on the other side it has the disadvantage of making
>this (these?)  ports different than the "normal" NetBSD ports.
>A total conversion to elf has been discussed before and it seems to be
>a non-trivial task -- and not all people seem to agree that this is the
>long-term goal.

Would it really be easier to convert BSD to ELF than it would to just fix
the a.out support in binutils?  Gnu stuff is supposed to support multiple
formats, and I've heard that ELF is a complex format.

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