[parisc-linux] booting problems
John David Anglin
Sat, 12 Jun 1999 12:57:40 -0400 (EDT)
> Jeffrey A Law wrote:
> Okay, I can make that change, unless someone beats me to it.
> > Though I'm a little confused. I thought y'all were dropping the existing ELF
> > stuff -- I would strongly recommend it. We're not even planning to keep the
> > existing elf32-hppa stuff building in gas/binutils as we work on the rewrite.
> > You're working with a totally dead and unsupported toolchain at this point.
> Let me clear this up.
> Yes, we are absolutely dropping any use of the current broken
> instantiation of elf32-hppa.
As I see it, it is a question of priorities. The existing elf32-hppa
tools are the only ones which currently allow cross development
due to the lack of gnu linker supporting SOM. If a SOM linker were
available, cross development could be done using the more developed
and tested SOM tools. However, according to the comments in binutils/bfd,
the bfd architecture is incapable of performing all types of SOM
relocations. A SOM linker also needs to be stream based. Thus,
it appears difficult (impossible?) to build a SOM linker using the
bfd architecture. On the other hand, the elf32-hppa tools have serious
deficiencies and are about to be completely rewritten. Might it not be
better to develop a SOM linker rather than rewrite the elf stuff?
J. David Anglin email@example.com
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