Hi Gregor, Adrian
I don't know if this is helpful, but Ubuntu Launchpad has a ppa package for 
elftoaout which has been built recently.

Cheers -- Rick

On August 10, 2018 8:12:47 PM ADT, Gregor Riepl <onit...@gmail.com> wrote:
>>>> We could modify sparc-utils maybe that it builds on the release
>>>> architectures similar to what the hppa porters do with their palo
>>> I'll have a look. It doesn't look like this package would only
>build/work on
>>> sparc. Usefulness is a different matter - but that's probably
>outside the
>>> scope of acceptance criteria?
>> Correct. Usefulness doesn't matter. Maybe there is another package or
>> upstream project that offers an elftoaout tool?
>So for now, I manually modified the boot image build step to strip with
>objcopy first, then convert with elftoaout from sparc-utils.
>The resulting boot.img is identical to the one installed by
>grub-ieee1275-bin_2.02+dfsg1-4 - that looks promising!
>This means we have at least a method to build the boot code without
>support in objcopy. I also looked into making OpenBoot run the ELF
>directly, but that seems impossible for an unexpected reason: boot.img
>written directly into the boot sector of the /boot partition, and there
>simply not enough space to accommodate the ELF binary. It's 816 bytes,
>the a.out is exactly 512.
>I'll discuss integrating the change with the grub2 package maintainer
>upstream, if that's ok for you. And I'll take a look at the sparc-utils
>package, maybe making it build for any instead of just sparc64 (as

Sorry for being brief. Alternate email is rickleir at yahoo dot com 

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