Developments - ELF and others

Christian Ludlam chris at
Fri Oct 3 10:42:02 PDT 2003

On 3 Oct Peter Naulls wrote:

> In message <3F7D8552.20803 at>
>           Nick Burrett <nick at> wrote:
> > I think this would be the best thing to complete first.  By having a ELF
> > toolchain, we will gain enough experience with it to work out the 
> > various compatibility pitfalls before a AOF/ELF toolset merge is worked
> > on.
> Quite. But would anyone care to comment on the feasability of adding
> AOF support to 'ld'?  If we have some kind of mapping from AOF, as
> above, this doesn't seem particularly hard.  You could then even do
> crazy things like link in RISC OS AOFs to ARM Linux programs.

It's done in the bfd library, and it's probably quite a big job. I'm not
convinced it's necessary, though - link can convert existing AOF libraries
into ELF ones, and that only needs doing once. After that, any new builds
would use ELF from the start.

Christian Ludlam
chris at

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