elfrc — a resource compiler for ELF systems
[-o filename] [-h filename]
[ -v ]
This manual page documents briefly the elfrc
This manual page was written for the Debian
distribution because the
original program does not have a manual page.
is a program which can turn arbitrary files into ELF object files
which can then be linked into your program directly and accessed via simple,
user-defined symbol names.
For instance, it's possible to embed even huge (16MB+) files directly into the
executable and then access the data in constant time without making the
compiler or linker eat loads of memory.
Here's what the arguments do:
- -o filename
- Store resulting ELF object in filename. If not
given, no ELF object will be generated.
- -h filename
- Store C header file which can be used to access the
resource data in filename. If not given, no header file will be
- Be a little verbose about what's going on.
In any case, the most important argument is resfile
- the path to a
resource file which can be parsed by elfrc. If no resource file is given, or
if "-" (a dash) is given, the resources will be read from the
A resource file is just a plain text file, each line in the file describing a
resource to be compiled into the ELF output. Each line is expected to three
fields, separated by tab characters: the type of the resource (can be either
'binary' or 'text'), the symbol name (this should be a valid C identifier) and
the path to the file to be compiled in.
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