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Recent removal of a.out and COFF support for sparc

From: John Paul Adrian Glaubitz
Subject: Recent removal of a.out and COFF support for sparc
Date: Tue, 7 Aug 2018 12:51:17 +0200
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binutils/bfd recently removed a.out and COFF support for sparc [1].

Unfortunately, this means that we are no longer able to built GRUB
or SILO for sparc/sparc64 which need to be built as a.out binaries
as the Open Boot Firmware requires them to be in a.out format [2].

I would therefore like to ask to start a discussion about a potential
reversal of this commit as I don't think we can forgo being able
to build a bootloader on sparc/sparc64.

Also, since m68k is still very actively maintained (there is even
LLVM support in the works now) and since AmigaOS uses COFF, I would
to ask for the a.out and COFF support for m68k to be reinstated
as well [3].


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