Re: Linux 1.0.9 ...

Arthur Jerijian (
Sat, 13 Sep 1997 17:02:44 -0500 (CDT)

I really don't think that the new development tools work on very old
kernels, like 1.0.9. For example, 1.0.9 doesn't even support a kernel
image compiled as a QMAGIC a.out binary! The new binutils can't handle

If someone wants to patch Linux 1.0.9 to work with the latest and greatest
binutils, that would be great. Unfortunately, this might require A LOT of
changes to the kernel, especially to the way it's built.


On Sat, 13 Sep 1997, Hans-Joachim Baader wrote:

> Hi,
> I have trouble recompiling Linux 1.0.9 on a 2.0.31 machine.
> This is what I get:
> gcc -b i486-linuxaout -V2.7.2 -D__KERNEL__ -Wall -Wstrict-prototypes -O2 -fomit-frame-pointer -pipe -m386 -c -o init/main.o init/main.c
> init/main.c: In function `checksetup':
> init/main.c:225: fixed or forbidden register was spilled.
> This may be due to a compiler bug or to impossible asm
> statements or clauses.
> cpp: output pipe has been closed
> Assembler is:
> GNU assembler version 2.8.1 (i586-linuxaout)
> This is very mysterious to me. The compiler options and the code of the
> 'checksetup' function are nearly identical to Linux 1.2.13, and I
> don't have the problem with this version. I also have verified that
> the differences don't matter. Any help is appreciated.
> I managed to compile 1.2.13 (the enhanced version from
> with only minor adjustments. To my surprise this kernel can replace
> a 2.0.pre31 kernel on its target machine (full-blown ELF only system)
> without loss of functionality :-) But it seems that it's even tighter
> on memory on a 5 Meg machine than 2.0.x ...
> If someone's interested, I'll provide a patch with my small changes.
> hjb
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