|BFD is 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.
|There is some BFD internals documentation in doc/bfdint.texi which may
|help programmers who want to modify BFD.
|BFD is normally built as part of another package. See the build
|instructions for that package, probably in a README file in the
|BFD supports the following configure options:
| The default target for which to build the library. TARGET is
| a configuration target triplet, such as sparc-sun-solaris.
| Additional targets the library should support. To include
| support for all known targets, use --enable-targets=all.
| Include support for 64 bit targets. This is automatically
| turned on if you explicitly request a 64 bit target, but not
| for --enable-targets=all. This requires a compiler with a 64
| bit integer type, such as gcc.
| Build BFD as a shared library.
| Use mmap when accessing files. This is faster on some hosts,
| but slower on others. It may not work on all hosts.
|Report bugs with BFD to firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Patches are encouraged. When sending patches, always send the output
|of diff -u or diff -c from the original file to the new file. Do not
|send default diff output. Do not make the diff from the new file to
|the original file. Remember that any patch must not break other
|systems. Remember that BFD must support cross compilation from any
|host to any target, so patches which use ``#ifdef HOST'' are not
|acceptable. Please also read the ``Reporting Bugs'' section of the
|Bug reports without patches will be remembered, but they may never get
|fixed until somebody volunteers to fix them.
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