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Re: Cross-assembling for AIX/PowerPC64

On 25/07/14 10:26, Tristan Gingold wrote:

PS: shall I file a bug report?

Why not (but a patch would even be better)!

In the end it does seem to be at least a partial PEBKAC: gas assumes I'm trying to configure for AIX version "53" rather than "5.3" :) Although technically, that version is still larger than 4.3 and hence it should default to the newer object file format :)

All subdirectories that care about the AIX version use a different matching logic:
* ld/configure.tgt:

powerpc-*-aix[5-9]*)    targ_emul=aix5ppc ;;
powerpc-*-aix*)         targ_emul=aixppc ;;
rs6000-*-aix[5-9]*)     targ_emul=aix5rs6 ;;
rs6000-*-aix*)          targ_emul=aixrs6

* binutils/configure.tgt:

    powerpc-*-aix[5-9]* | rs6000-*-aix[5-9]*)

    powerpc-*-aix4.3* | rs6000-*-aix4.3*)

* gas/configure.tgt (after mapping "rs6000" and "powerpc" to "ppc"):

  ppc-*-aix5.[01])                      fmt=coff em=aix5 ;;
  ppc-*-aix[5-9].*)                     fmt=coff em=aix5 ;;
  ppc-*-aix*)                           fmt=coff ;;

This will all obviously also break for a hypothetical future AIX version 10. Maybe the matching could be inverted by first explicitly checking for (powerpc|rs6000|ppc)-*-aix[1234].*, and afterwards let (powerpc|ppc)-*-aix* select AIX 5+ functionality? Optionally, (powerpc|rs6000|ppc)-*-aix without any version suffix could also map to the old object format, for backward compatibility -- except for binutils/configure.tgt, which already doesn't match plain *-aix at all (not sure what happens then, maybe no AIX support whatsoever in objdump and friends -- AIX is the only target that is handled specially there)


PS: I don't have an active copyright assignment on file and it's quite a bureaucratic hassle to get one from my university (not because they're not willing to give it, but simply because of the process you have to go through, and they want give it for one year at a time only).

Well, technically I may have a copyright assignment on file, because the scan I got of the form they sent to the FSF last time (in 2009) didn't have the date filled out, so it may be valid indefinitely :)

OTOH, for changes like this no copyright assignment may be required, I don't know.

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