Subject: Re: Adding a.out to bfd for mips.
To: Jonathan Stone <jonathan@DSG.Stanford.EDU>
From: Todd Vierling <>
List: tech-toolchain
Date: 02/23/1999 13:30:56
On Tue, 23 Feb 1999, Jonathan Stone wrote:

: The right answer is to eliminate all uses of a.out.

Although not quite; the goal of the bfd toolchain is to understand all
formats, even `historic' ones.  Yes, the bootloader needs fixing, and I'd
say it probably should understand ECOFF, since that's what the PROM wants as

I ran into trouble here, too; while elf2ecoff works, and is nifty, it would
be even more nice to be able to tell ld to `do it directly' (which it should
be able to do), or use objcopy.  I haven't yet gotten far to understanding
why the resultant kernels don't boot - more news to come.

: 	b) old gprof which groks the  netbsd (network byteorder)
: 	   a.out we before 1.1.  Fix: port mips-specific
: 	   code from Berkeley gprof.

I did this, but I haven't completely verified its working order.  Wanna try
it?  :)

-- Todd Vierling (Personal; Bus.