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Link ASM object (aout) in AR archive? [GNU DJGPP] [NASM]

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I hope I placed this in the right topic as AR and LD are "Tools" rolleyes.gif .


First note I realize my build script should be a MakeFile, but it's a cmd script.


Second note I have attempted to search Google, this Forum, and OSDEV but the keywords here are way to vague and only 2 letters so all results I saw did not relate to my situation.




Ok, I have currently one ASM file containing all the assembly code I need; but, while rewriting parts of the project I decided I want to break this one ASM file into about 6.


Let me dump some of the build script here before I get into my question...:




ar rvs ./DRIVER/sys.a ./OBJ/8259.O ./OBJ/GDT.O ./OBJ/IDT.O ./OBJ/IRQA.O ./OBJ/IRQ.O ./OBJ/TSS.O ./OBJ/FAT12.O
ar rvs ./DRIVER/sys.a ./OBJ/VIRTUAL.O


As you can see above my only ASM file "START.ASM" is compiled format AOUT and placed in directly with the LD command - this works fine.


But when I split this source file into the appropriate sections I run into one of two problems:

1. Add to the archive - Error returned "./DRIVER/sys.a: could not read symbols: File truncated"

2. Add files to LD command - LD becomes too long and the system cannot process it.


The reason I oppose a MakeFile so much is I am constantly rebuilding / testing and a simple BATCH loop with a menu is great - plus I haven't sat down to find out how one is constructed...huh.png


So, anyways, my question is - Is there a way to archive ASM and C objects in the same library, or is there an all-together better way of doing this?


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