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BFD is a package which allows applications to use the same routines to
operate on object files whatever the object file format. A new object
file format can be supported simply by creating a new BFD back end and
adding it to the library.
BFD is split into two parts: the front end, and the back ends (one
for each object file format).
* The front end of BFD provides the interface to the user. It manages
memory and various canonical data structures. The front end also
decides which back end to use and when to call back end routines.
* The back ends provide BFD its view of the real world. Each back
end provides a set of calls which the BFD front end can use to
maintain its canonical form. The back ends also may keep around
information for their own use, for greater efficiency.
Created Mon Nov 8 17:42:04 2004 on tillpc with info_to_html version 0.9.6.