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1.17.  binutils

1.17.1.  RHBA-2009:0465: bug fix update


This update has already been released (prior to the GA of this release) as FASTRACK errata RHBA-2009:0465
Updated binutils packages that resolve several issues are now available.
binutils is a collection of utilities used for the creation of executable code.
These updated binutils packages provide fixes for the following bugs:
  • the "objdump" and "size" utilities were not recognizing ELF64-i386 object files. Such files are not normally produced on 32-bit x86 architectures. However, the kdump utility does produce such files on Physical Address Extension (PAE)-enabled kernels. With these updated packages, it is now possible to use the objdump and size utilities on ELF64-i386 object files. (BZ#457189)
  • due to a rare linking error, producing certain executables caused multi-megabyte zero-filled gaps in the executables. This did not affect the running of excutables affected by this bug. This linker error has been corrected in these updated packages so that executables do not contain spurious zero-filled gaps. (BZ#458301)
  • the error message for the "strings -n [non-number]" command were less clear than in the previous package release, and therefore has been reverted and clarified. (BZ#480009)
  • the c++filt(1) man page contained a typo when giving the syntax for the recognized '--strip-underscore' option. (BZ#485194)
  • the c++filt(1) man page incorrectly mentioned the '-j' and '--java' options, which are not available when running c++filt. These mentionings have been removed from the man page. (BZ#495196)
All users of binutils are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which resolve these issues.

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