README for GNU development tools
This directory contains various GNU compilers, assemblers, linkers,
debuggers, etc., plus their support routines, definitions, and documentation.
If you are receiving this as part of a GDB release, see the file gdb/README.
If with a binutils release, see binutils/README; if with a libg++ release,
see libg++/README, etc. That'll give you info about this
BFD is a an object file library. It permits applications to use the
same routines to process object files regardless of their format.
BFD is used by the GNU debugger, assembler, linker, and the binary
The documentation on using BFD is scanty and may be occasionally
incorrect. Pointers to documentation problems, or an entirely
rewritten manual, would be appreciated.
BFD is normally
This is a beta release of a completely rewritten binutils distribution.
(Rewritten since binutils 1.x, that is.)
The linker (ld) has been moved into a separate directory, which should be
../ld. Linker-specific notes are in ../ld/README.
As of version 2.5, the assembler (as) is also included in this package, in
../gas. Assembler-specific notes can be found in ../gas/README.
Recent changes are