Newer releases of binutils and building a new kernel

Hendrik Volker Brunn hvb at
Mon Mar 26 21:55:00 PST 2001

On Mon, Mar 26, 2001 at 07:34:20PM +0100, David Mascall wrote:
> Hi all,
> In getting caught up in the great "space race" to have the latest levels of
> everything, I installed a newer version of binutils that I came across.
> Unfortunately they have made a change to the ld command which causes an
> error right at the end of make bzImage with the kernel.
> The version of binutils was and kernel 2.4.2
> The -oformat (single dash) option of the ld command has been changed
> to --oformat (two dashes).
> I had to manually edit the Makefile in /usr/src/linux/arch/i386/boot to
> change four instances of -oformat to --oformat to be able to complete the
> kernel build.

To clarify this: They didn't really change it they only deprecated the older version.
So versions before 2.11 should also accept --oformat.


"And I'm right. I'm always right, but in this case I'm just a bit more
right than I usually am" -- Linus Torvald, Sunday Aug 27, 2000.
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