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Re: [Bug binutils/3535] GNU strip 2.17 corrupts Sun CC/cc binaries (ld i

From: Nick Clifton
Subject: Re: [Bug binutils/3535] GNU strip 2.17 corrupts Sun CC/cc binaries (ld issue?)
Date: Thu, 22 Feb 2007 17:55:27 +0000
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Hi Peter,

I'm not sure were to get "a strip built from the current mainline binutils
sources" but I should be able to try that too if you can point me to it.

The sources are under CVS control and can be checked out via the procedure documented here:


There is no real need for you to do this though, as I have checked myself and these mainline sources also have the problem.

I do not know the cause yet, but at least one aspect of the problem is that the corrupt stripped binaries have a bogus .interp section. (Try running 'readelf -l' on them to see this). The bug is something to do with how the BFD library is regenerating the program headers after various sections have been stripped out of the binary.

I have tracked the huge size increase down to H.J.'s patch for PR 2258, but I do not know yet what, if anything, is wrong with that patch. Nor do I know if the huge size increase is actually a problem. After all on a file system that supports holes, the huge stripped binaries do not actually take up more disk space than their tiny brethren.


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