5.13. Binutils-2.18 - Pass 2

The Binutils package contains a linker, an assembler, and other tools for handling object files.

Approximate build time: 1 SBU
Required disk space: 177 MB

5.13.1. Re-installation of Binutils

Binutils does not recognize versions of Texinfo newer than 4.9. Fix this issue by applying the following patch:

patch -Np1 -i ../binutils-2.18-configure-1.patch

Create a separate build directory again:

mkdir -v ../binutils-build
cd ../binutils-build

Prepare Binutils for compilation:

../binutils-2.18/configure --prefix=/tools \
    --disable-nls --with-lib-path=/tools/lib

The meaning of the new configure options:


This tells the configure script to specify the library search path during the compilation of Binutils, resulting in /tools/lib being passed to the linker. This prevents the linker from searching through library directories on the host.

Compile the package:


Compilation is now complete. As discussed earlier, running the test suite is not mandatory for the temporary tools here in this chapter. To run the Binutils test suite anyway, issue the following command:

make check

Install the package:

make install

Now prepare the linker for the “Re-adjusting” phase in the next chapter:

make -C ld clean
make -C ld LIB_PATH=/usr/lib:/lib
cp -v ld/ld-new /tools/bin

Details on this package are located in Section 6.11.2, “Contents of Binutils.”