From Fedora Project Wiki



Rebase the binutils package from version 2.29 .1 to version 2.30. This will bring in bug-fixes and some new features.

Note - this change has now been superseded by a rebase to GNU Binutils 2.31:


  • Name: Nick Clifton
  • Email:
  • Release notes owner:

Current status

Detailed Description

Switch the binutils package from being based on the 2.29.1 release of the FSF binutils to being based on the 2.30 release. This release includes bug-fixes and new features.

Benefit to Fedora

The new release includes the "-z undefs" linker option which can be used to revert the "-z defs" option. This can be useful as "-z defs" is now part of the standard command line when building packages, but can cause problems in some circumstances.

In addition, the readelf and objdump tools now have the ability to parse and follow links to separate debug information files, so their output will be more useful to developers that use this feature.


  • Proposal owners:
  Replace the 2.29.1 source tarball with the 2.30 source tarball and update the Fedora-specific patches.  (This work has already been completed locally and is ready for comitting).
  • Other developers: None.

A mass rebuild is required.

  • Policies and guidelines: No updates needed.
  • Trademark approval: N/A (not needed for this Change)

Upgrade/compatibility impact

The binutils are backward compatible with previous releases, so no changes should be necessary.

How To Test

The binutils package does include its own set of testsuites which check basic functionality. The real test, however, is by rebuilding other packages which depend upon the binutils, or more likely, upon gcc. If these packages continue to work then the binutils update has not broken anything.

User Experience

The change should not be noticeable to the user.


This update has no hard dependencies on any other package. There are other packages that do depend upon the binutils however. Most notably gcc.

Contingency Plan

  • Contingency mechanism: Revert to the 2.29.1 binutils as currently used in rawhide. This work can be done by me, should it prove necessary.
  • Contingency deadline: Beta freeze.
  • Blocks release? No.
  • Blocks product? None.


The binutils are documented here: This page includes links to the manuals and NEWS files detailing the new features. The new release was announced here:

Release Notes

None needed.