Elfutils is a collection of utilities, including ld (a linker),
nm (for listing symbols from object files), size (for listing the
section sizes of an object or archive file), strip (for discarding
symbols), readelf (to see the raw ELF file structures), and elflint
(to check for well-formed ELF files).
Fundamental design decision:
- the sizes of external and internal types are assumed to be the same.
This leaves byte ordering aside. While assuming this the code can be
greatly simplified and speed increases. Since no change violating this
assumption is in sight this is believed to be a worthwhile optimization.