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GNU Binutils

The GNU Binutils is a collection of programming utilities developed by the Free Software Foundation for the manipulation of object code in various object file formats. They are typically used in conjunction with GCC and GDB.

Originally the package consisted of only the minor utilities listed below, but later the GNU Assembler (GAS) and GNU Linker (GLD) were included in releases, since their functionality is so closely related.

The binutils include the following commands:

Each binutil is a rather simple program; most of the complexity is encapsulated in the BFD and libopcodes libraries that they share.

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