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Re: [PATCH] Fix PR target/16304: AIX 4.x forward reference proble

John David Anglin wrote:

The HP-UX SOM assembler is even more seriously handicapped that the
AIX 4.3 assembler.  It's only used by HP C.  Other HP compilers
generate object code directly.  The capabilites of the SOM linker
aren't well documented but fortunately HP made a version of their
linker code public.  This allowed addition of weak and one-only
support to binutils.  As a result, we now strongly recommend using
GAS instead of the HP assembler on this target.  It's taken some
work but the capabilities of GCC under HP-UX 10 are now pretty
much on a par with those under HP-UX 11.

I think it's perfectly reasonable to get binutils working with various systems. (In fact, I recently took the point of view that it might not be worth worrying about supporting Sun's assembler with GCC on Solaris 10, given that GAS works.) I'd imagine that David would be happy to have people use GAS on AIX 4.3, provided that it works well.

Mark Mitchell
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