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Re: ld won't complain if asked to link obj files of different arches
On Thu, Dec 19, 2002 at 11:58:12AM +0000, Nick Clifton wrote:
> Hi H.J.
> > > http://sources.redhat.com/ml/binutils/2002-12/msg00361.html
> > It doesn't say if the resulting binary is working or not.
> I think that his point was that he did not want it to work. it was
> supposed to have triggered an error response from the linker and it
> did not.
Compiler accepts any valid source codes. But it doesn't mean the code
passed compiler is exactly the user wants. If the user doesn't want
it to work, should a flag be used in this case, instead the other way
> > > Besides I do not think that we can reply upon the presence of "alien"
> > > relocs or similar in order to trigger a warning/error message from the
> > > linker. If the user is linking in an unknown format binary then they
> > Why not, if the linker does the right thing for the given input?
> But if the linker cannot recognise the input architecture, how can it
> be sure that it is doing the right thing ?
Why not? If the linker can't do the right thing, ld shouldn't take the
input. An error, not a warning, should be here. FYI, by "the right
thing", I mean the input, not what the user wants.
> > I don't think ld should second guess what the input should be.
> Agreed, but I do not think that the linker should accept unknown inputs
> without at least warning the user, and better yet, requiring that the
> user explicitly tell the linker that it is OK to accept these unknown
> input files.