help building cross compilation ia32 to ia64

Kai Ruottu
Fri Nov 24 09:04:00 GMT 2006

Tim Prince wrote:
> Kai Ruottu wrote:
>> Yes, Debian and the RHL-ES seem still to support Itanium... No 
>> evidence about  SuSE, nothing seen
>> about 'ia64', not even about 'x86_64' on their "SuSE Linux 10" pages, a 
> Andreas continues with active gcc testing on ia64-suse-linux.
On the OpenSuSE 10.1 download page there was a link to SGI and at :

was downloadable RPMs for 'ia64-suse-linux', like a recent glibc-2.5 for 
ia64 :

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GNU C Library stable release version 2.5 (20061011), by Roland McGrath 
et al.
Copyright (C) 2006 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
This is free software; see the source for copying conditions.
There is NO warranty; not even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A
Configured for ia64-suse-linux.
Compiled by GNU CC version 4.1.2 20061115 (prerelease) (SUSE Linux).
Compiled on a Linux 2.6.18 system on 2006-11-16.
Available extensions:
        crypt add-on version 2.1 by Michael Glad and others
        GNU Libidn by Simon Josefsson
        GNU libio by Per Bothner
        NIS(YP)/NIS+ NSS modules 0.19 by Thorsten Kukuk
        Native POSIX Threads Library by Ulrich Drepper et al
Thread-local storage support included.
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This text seen via 'strings' for the 'lib/'...  BUT this was 
almost the only
thing what one could see from the SGI-built glibc :-(   Usual things like :

Dell:/opt/host-SuSE10.1_ia64/lib # ia64-suse-linux-nm
ia64-suse-linux-nm: File format not recognized

made with the SuSE10.1 provided 'distcc' ia64-target binutils or with 
self-made ones,
told that there is something weird in the SGI-SuSE Linux binary format...
The "readelf -h" command however gave something :

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Dell:/opt/host-SuSE10.1_ia64/lib # ia64-suse-linux-readelf -h
ELF Header:
  Magic:   7f 45 4c 46 02 01 01 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
  Class:                             ELF64
  Data:                              2's complement, little endian
  Version:                           1 (current)
  OS/ABI:                            UNIX - System V
  ABI Version:                       0
  Type:                              DYN (Shared object file)
  Machine:                           Intel IA-64
  Version:                           0x1
  Entry point address:               0x23ca0
  Start of program headers:          64 (bytes into file)
  Start of section headers:          2421576 (bytes into file)
  Flags:                             0x10, 64-bit
  Size of this header:               64 (bytes)
  Size of program headers:           56 (bytes)
  Number of program headers:         10
  Size of section headers:           64 (bytes)
  Number of section headers:         75
  Section header string table index: 72
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But it seems that currently producing any crosstoolchains for the SGI's 
distro by using its original libraries would meet some serious problems :-(

Producing crosstoolchains for the Debian's 'ia64-linux-gnu' with its 
'glibc-2.3.6' then
shouldn't be hard, the Debian packages for ia64 seemed to be quite 
standard Linux/ia64

Does someone know what on earth is the idea in the SGI's SuSE 
Linux/ia64, why its
stuff is totally in some non-standard format?

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