> From: Werner Almesberger <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Date: Sun, 18 Oct 1998 02:31:36 +0200 (MET DST)
> Subject: ARM cross-compilation
> I'm trying to cross-compile 2.1.125 on a i386 for ARM. I'm a bit puzzled
> about the gcc and binutils to use ...
> - http://www.arm.uk.linux.org/armlinux/tools.html tells me that
> gcc/binutils 2.8 are broken and suggests to use some patched-up
> versions of gcc 22.214.171.124 and binutils 2.7. Tried that, but gcc fails
> to build libgcc1.a
> - Documentation/ARM-README in ftp://ftp.arm.uk.linux.org/pub/armlinux/
> kernel-sources/v2.1/pre-patch-2.1.125-19981015-1.gz tells me that
> gcc 2.8 and even egcs are fine. Tried gcc 2.8.1 and binutils 2.9.1,
> and lo and behold, everything builds just okay.
> There is one minor twist, though: so far I've only built for the
> target arm-psion-aout. Trying to build a kernel with this looks like a
> major uphill battle, because there seem to be many ELF dependencies.
> (Section attributes, etc.)
> A look at binutils*/bfd/config.bfd reveals that ELF is not supported for
> the ARM (binutils 2.8.1 and 2.9.1). But Documentation/ARM-README teases:
> > CROSS_COMPILE=/usr/bin/arm-unknown-linuxelf-
> (./configure just laughs at this ...)
> Now I'm confused. What kind of binutils are people using for compiling
> kernels for ARMs then ?? Or are 2.1 kernels simply not supposed to
> compile and I should try 2.0 ?
You should be using binutils 126.96.36.199.15, not plain 2.9.1. This includes
linux-arm support. egcs is reputed to work better than gcc 2.8.1.
I believe Phil Blundell has some patches for egcs which are not yet
merged in. See http://www.tazenda.demon.co.uk/phil/armlinux/ for details
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