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[Bug binutils/17184] windres: Subtle incompatibility with Windows 8/8.1

From: mity at morous dot org
Subject: [Bug binutils/17184] windres: Subtle incompatibility with Windows 8/8.1
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 09:06:07 +0000


--- Comment #1 from mity at morous dot org ---
I understand this kind of bug won't have big priority for most people working
on binutils. Hence, I am willing to work on patch which would address this.

I can see two paths forward:

(1) 1st path would be to output more paddings between the resources, at least
around the app. manifest as my experiments show the bug can be suppressed this
way. This is partly based on observation that RC.EXE from MSVC inserts much
more paddings into the .rsrc section. The patch would not be much intrusive,
but there would be danger it fixes only my instance of the bug.

(2) Follow much closer the layout as output either by RC.EXE, or by a program
using Windows API to output resources (BeginUpdateResource() & al.) The patch
(or rather a patch series) would have to be more intrusive. The resource tree
is streamed out in quite different order by RC.EXE then it is with windres.exe.
This should, in long term, provide quite good guaranty of survive in the mine
field of subtle incompatibility bugs as this one.

I would welcome some feedback which way is preferred by binutils maintainers.

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