mcs - manipulate the comment section of an object file
mcs [-cdpVz] [-a string] [-n name] file...
The mcs command is used to manipulate a section, by default the .comment section, in an ELF object file. It is used to add to, delete, print, and compress the contents of a section in an ELF object file, and print only the contents of a section in a COFF object file. mcs cannot add, delete, or compress the contents of a section that is contained within a segment.
If the input file is an archive (see ar.h(3HEAD)), the archive is treated as a set of individual files. For example, if the -a option is specified, the string is appended to the comment section of each ELF object file in the archive; if the archive member is not an ELF object file, then it is left unchanged.
mcs must be given one or more of the options described below. It applies, in order, each of the specified options to each file.
For operations other than delete, if the object does not already contain a section with the specified name, mcs will create a new empty section with that name before performing the specified operation.
The following options are supported:
Example 1 Printing a file's comment section
The following entry
example% mcs -p elf.file
prints the comment section of the file elf.file.
Example 2 Appending a string to a comment section
The following entry
example% mcs -a xyz elf.file
appends string xyz to elf.file's comment section.
Example 3 Stripping a specified non-allocable section
Although used primarily with comment sections, mcs can operate on any non-allocable section. In contrast to the strip command, which removes a predefined selection of non-allocable sections, mcs can be used to delete a specific section. The following entry
example% mcs -d -n .annotate elf.file
removes the section named .annotate from the file elf.file.
See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attributes:
ar(1), as(1), ld(1), strip(1), ar.h(3HEAD), elf(3ELF), tmpnam(3C), a.out(4), attributes(5)
When mcs deletes a section using the -d option, it tries to bind together sections of type SHT_REL and target sections pointed to by the sh_info section header field. If one is to be deleted, mcs attempts to delete the other of the pair.
By using the -z option, it is possible to make an object file by removing the contents of SHT_PROGBITS sections while retaining the object file's original structure as an ELF file. The need for use of the -z option is limited. However, the option can be used to deliver an object file when the contents of SHT_PROGBITS sections are not relevant.
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