== Summary ==
Rebase the binutils package from version 2.32 to version 2.33.
== Owner ==
* Name: Nick Clifton [https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/User:Nickc
* Email: nickc(a)redhat.com
== Detailed Description ==
Switch the binutils package from being based on the 2.32 release of
the GNU binutils to
being based on the 2.33 release. This release will bring in numerous
bug fixes, as well
as support for the CTF debug format.
== Benefit to Fedora ==
The main benefit will be the bug fixes and the improvement to the linker.
In addition the new support for the CTF debug format will help
consumers of CTF, most notably the kernel.
== Scope ==
* Proposal owners:
Change the source parameter in the binutils.spec rpm and adjust the
local patches to take account of the bugs that are now already fixed.
This is a significant change to the underlying tools used to build
Fedora and so there should be a mass rebuild in order for the changes
to be noticed across the system.
* Other developers: No other work should be necessary. Once the
rebase is in place and the buildroot contains the new binutils its use
should be automatic.
* Release engineering: [https://pagure.io/releng/issue/8837
] A mass
rebuild will be required.
* Policies and guidelines: No update needed.
* Trademark approval: N/A (not needed for this Change)
== Upgrade/compatibility impact ==
The binutils are backwards 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
== User Experience ==
The change should not be noticeable to the user.
== Dependencies ==
This update has no hard dependencies on any other package.
There are other packages that do depend upon the binutils however.
Most notably gcc and redhat-rpm-config.
== Contingency Plan ==
* Contingency mechanism: Revert to the 2.32 binutils as currently used
in rawhide. This work can be done by me, should it prove necessary.
* Contingency deadline: Beta Freeze.
== Documentation ==
Documentation is not currently available, due to the fact that the
2.33 release has not yet been created.
(It is hoped that the release will happen before the Fedora 32 mass rebuild).
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