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Re: recent binutils and mips64-linux

To: Thiemo Seufer <>
Subject: Re: recent binutils and mips64-linux
From: "Maciej W. Rozycki" <>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2003 18:46:31 +0200 (MET DST)
Cc: Eric Christopher <>, Atsushi Nemoto <>, Daniel Jacobowitz <>,,
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Organization: Technical University of Gdansk
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On Fri, 19 Sep 2003, Thiemo Seufer wrote:

> > OK as in "it works for me", and OK as in "this is the correct usage" are
> > two different things. I believe that for a 64-bit kernel either -mabi=64
> > or -mabi=n32 (-mlong64) are the right long term answer,
> A third answer is to add a -msign-extend-addresses switch in the assembler.
> Together with -mabi=64 this would produce optimized ELF64 output.

 Hmm, what do you exactly mean -- is that what I am worrying about?

> > part of Daniel's
> > problem was that his bootloader couldn't deal with ELF64.
> Well, implementing an ELF64 bootloader ins't that hard. :-)

 That depends on how hard it's to replace some firmware.  Using a
secondary boot loader is not always feasible, either.

+  Maciej W. Rozycki, Technical University of Gdansk, Poland   +
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