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Recent removal of a.out and COFF support for sparc
- From: John Paul Adrian Glaubitz <glaubitz at physik dot fu-berlin dot de>
- To: binutils at sourceware dot org
- Cc: The development of GNU GRUB <grub-devel at gnu dot org>
- Date: Tue, 7 Aug 2018 12:51:17 +0200
- Subject: Recent removal of a.out and COFF support for sparc
binutils/bfd recently removed a.out and COFF support for sparc .
Unfortunately, this means that we are no longer able to built GRUB
or SILO for sparc/sparc64 which need to be built as a.out binaries
as the Open Boot Firmware requires them to be in a.out format .
I would therefore like to ask to start a discussion about a potential
reversal of this commit as I don't think we can forgo being able
to build a bootloader on sparc/sparc64.
Also, since m68k is still very actively maintained (there is even
LLVM support in the works now) and since AmigaOS uses COFF, I would
to ask for the a.out and COFF support for m68k to be reinstated
as well .
>  https://sourceware.org/git/gitweb.cgi?p=binutils-gdb.git;a=commit;h=c9098af41e3246586a30f4f0bdb0ee4367e9a5e7
>  https://docs.oracle.com/cd/E19457-01/801-7042/801-7042.pdf
>  https://sourceware.org/git/gitweb.cgi?p=binutils-gdb.git;a=commit;h=dc12032bca08554cf0a72d224e44f755f7789ff3
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