GNU Binutils 2.37 Is On The Way - Finally Drops ARM Symbian OS Support

Written by Michael Larabel in GNU on 4 July 2021 at 07:16 AM EDT. 10 Comments
GNU Binutils 2.37 has been branched and the release process initiated for these low-level GNU components likely seeing their v2.37 release later this month.

As of Saturday the Binutils 2.37 code has been branched ahead of this next half-year update to these binary utilities common to GNU/Linux systems and more.

Binutils 2.37 isn't the most exciting update in recent times but some of the changes coming with this release include:

- The nm program can run with "--format=just-symbols" if just wanting to print symbol names and nothing else.

- objcopy and strip now have a "--keep-section-symbols" option if not wanting to strip out the unused section symbols such as for other programs needing that information.

- readelf and objdump will now follow links to separate debug info files by default.

- Readelf and objdump now support displaying and using the contents of .debug_sup sections.

- The GNU Assembler now supports the Realm Management Extension (RME) on AArch64.

- Binutils now requires a C99 compiler and library for building.

- ARM Symbian OS (Arm-symbianelf) support has been removed.

GNU Binutils 2.37.0 should be officially out in the coming weeks.
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