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The GNU Binary Utilities, or binutils, is a collection of programming tools for the manipulation of object code in various object file formats. The current versions were originally written by programmers at Cygnus Solutions using the Binary File Descriptor library (libbfd). They are typically used in conjunction with GNU Compiler Collection, make, and GDB.
The original BFD versions were written by David Henkel-Wallace and Steve Chamberlain. Past maintainers have included Ken Raeburn and Ian Lance Taylor. As of 2005[update] the current maintainer is Nick Clifton.
Binutils for Linux is maintained by H.J. Lu.
The binutils include the following commands:
|assembler popularly known as GAS (Gnu ASsembler)|
|convert address to file and line|
|create, modify, and extract from archives|
|demangling filter for C++ symbols|
|creation of Windows dynamic-link libraries|
|object file conversion to a NetWare Loadable Module|
|list symbols in object files|
|copy object files, possibly making changes|
|dump information about object files|
|generate indexes for archives|
|display content of ELF files|
|list total and section sizes|
|list printable strings|
|remove symbols from an object file|
|generates Windows message resources|
|compiler for Windows resource files|