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GNU binutils work mostly behind the scenes of Linux development, largely because GNU make and the GCC frontend does so many things automatically. Utilities include: ld as nm objdump objcopy nm ar ranlib strip c filt size addr2line and dlltool.
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2011-11-23 00:48

Support for the TMS320C6000 (TI C6X) processor family was added. The hppa/som targets can now be compiled on any host. Support was added for displaying the contents of .debug.macro sections. readelf can now display ARM unwind tables (.ARM.exidx/.ARM.extab) using the "-u"/"--unwind" option. A new tool, elfedit, was added. Many new commandline options were implemented, such as "--dyn-syms" for readelf, "--preprocessor-arg" for windres, "--dwarf-start" and "--dwarf-end" for readelf and objdump, "--interleave-width" for objcopy, and "--addresses" and "--pretty-print" for addr2line.
Tags: Major feature enhancements

2010-03-05 08:43

This release contains fixes for regressions and serious bugs in 2.20.
Tags: Minor bugfixes

2009-10-18 02:09

Support for delay importing to dlltool was added. gprof can now read symbols from a file. objcopy and objdump have received new output formatting options. Many other options were added or enhanced.
Tags: Minor feature enhancements

2009-08-07 04:55

Many new command line options were added.
Support was added for thin archives, for SSE5 in the i386 port.
Tags: Major feature enhancements

2008-05-06 17:34

37 coding problems in bfd were resolved, including
static array overruns, null pointer dereferences,
and use of a malloc buffer after it has been
freed. The binutils sources are now released under
GPLv3. A new tool "windmc" has been added for some
targets. Codepage support was added to the windres
tool. The --extract-symbol command line option was
Tags: Major feature enhancements

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