Re: Need binary comparision tool and binary parsers

glen herrmannsfeldt <gah@ugcs.caltech.edu>
7 Aug 2005 16:15:58 -0400

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From: glen herrmannsfeldt <gah@ugcs.caltech.edu>
Newsgroups: comp.compilers
Date: 7 Aug 2005 16:15:58 -0400
Organization: Compilers Central
References: 05-08-024
Keywords: linker, tools

karu_bs@yahoo.com wrote:


> I am looking for any binary comparision freeware tool on unix which
> would give diff in terms of function call and symbol tables.


(snip)


IBM OS/360 and successor such as MVS keep the ESD (external symbol
dictionary) in the load module. It is, then, fairly easy to generate
a call tree from a load module if one wanted to.


Some unix linkers put some symbols in for debugging, so in that case
it might be possible to do some external symbol tracing.


I think you need to explain the problem in a little
more detail.


-- glen


[These days most Unix programs are dynamically linked which means that
they have all the external symbols in the load module. But I agree
that this problem needs a better definition. -John]



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