Commit: Improve readelf's display of notes

Nick Clifton
Mon Oct 17 14:30:00 GMT 2016

Hi Guys,

  I am checking in the attached patch to improve readelf's display of
  notes.  The patch basically does three things:

  1. When the notes are extracted from a section, the name of the
     section is displayed instead of an offset into the file.

  2. The NT_GNU_HWCAP note is partially decoded.  (Some more code is
     needed here).

  3.  When the note type/name combination is not recognised, the
      contents of the description field, if any, are displayed as a
      series of bytes.


2016-10-17  Nick Clifton  <>

	* readelf.c (apply_relocations): Fail if the symbol table section
	linked to by the reloc section does not have either the SHT_SYMTAB
	or SHT_DYNSYM type.
	(print_gnu_note): Decode the contents of NT_GNU_HWCAP notes.
	Print the contents of unknown note types.
	(process_note): Add the file and section to the parameter list.
	Use print_symbol to display the note name.
	Display the contents of unknown note types.
	(process_corefile_note_segment): Rename to process_notes_at.
	Add section parameter.  Apply relocations to the notes when
	loading from a section.  Display section name when processing
	notes in a section.
	* testsuite/binutils-all/readelf.n: Update expected output.

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