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NetBSD 6.1.5 - man page for genassym (netbsd section 1)

GENASSYM(1)			   BSD General Commands Manual			      GENASSYM(1)

NAME
     genassym -- emit an assym.h file

SYNOPSIS
     genassym [-c] [-f] C compiler invocation

DESCRIPTION
     genassym is a shell script normally used during the kernel build process to create an
     assym.h file.  This file defines a number of cpp constants derived from the configuration
     information genassym reads from stdin. The generated file is used by kernel sources written
     in assembler to gain access to information (e.g. structure offsets and sizes) normally only
     known to the C compiler.

     Arguments to genassym are usually of the form ${CC} ${CFLAGS} ${CPPFLAGS} where ${CC} is the
     C compiler used to compile the kernel, while ${CFLAGS} and ${CPPFLAGS} are flag arguments to
     the C compiler. The script creates a C source file from its input. Then the C compiler is
     called according to the script's arguments to compile this file.

     Normally genassym instructs the C compiler to create an assembler source from the con-
     structed C source. The resulting file is then processed to extract the information needed to
     create the assym.h file. The -c flag instructs genassym to create slightly different code,
     generate an executable from this code and run it. In both cases the assym.h file is written
     to stdout.  The -f flag instructs genassym to create forth code.

DIAGNOSTICS
     Either self-explanatory, or generated by one of the programs called from the script.

SEE ALSO
     genassym.cf(5)

HISTORY
     The genassym command appeared in NetBSD 1.3 as ``genassym.sh'' in /usr/src/sys/kern.  It
     became a userland utility in NetBSD 4.0.

BSD					  April 13, 2010				      BSD


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