Subject: NetBSD 'as' old! and broken?
To: None <current-users@NetBSD.ORG>
From: Urban Boquist <>
List: current-users
Date: 02/25/1997 23:30:18
Has anyone looked at upgrading the NetBSD 'as' to a more recent
version of GNU gas? I see that the 3RDPARTY file says "Significant
divergence", so maybe upgrading isn't planned at all?

My reason for asking is that I believe I have found a bug in our as
that seems fixed in the most recent gas (I've appended a simple demo

Unfortunately I can't get the latest GNU gas to coexist with our 'ld'.
It seems as if ld doesn't understand the relocation info that gas has
put in, and it complains "relocation address out of range" whenever I
try to link a file assembled by gas (on NetBSD-current/sparc). If I
also try the GNU binutils ld I always get "Abort trap"...

The bug appears on NetBSD/sparc, but from a quick inspection of the as
expression parser, I'd say that it is probably machine independent.
The latest GNU gas sources have diverged too much from ours, so my
attempts at fixing our as have sofar been without success.

If someone could tell me how I should configure the latest GNU gas to
be able to use it on NetBSD/sparc, I would very much appreciate it.

	-- Urban

$ cat simple.s
.word   L2-L1
.word   L2-L1

$ as -v -al simple.s
GNU assembler version 1.92.3, NetBSD $Revision: 1.3 $
SPARC GAS  simple.s                     page 1

   1 0000 00000000      .word   L2-L1     <------- Wrong!
   2                    L1:
   3 0004 00000004      .word   L2-L1
   4                    L2:
$ gas -v -al simple.s
GNU assembler version 2.7 (sparc-unknown-netbsd1.2B), using BFD version 2.7
SPARC GAS  simple.s                     page 1

   1 0000 00000004      .word   L2-L1     <------- Correct!
   2                    L1:
   3 0004 00000004      .word   L2-L1
   4                    L2:

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