Show me your files, lib!

Getting to the details is my natural engineering passion, see memory is everything. The same applies for building my embedded application: you should know what you pack into your binary file.

One aspect of this are the libraries. The linker does the heavy lifting, but still I want to know the details, right? In CodeWarrior for MCU, things are a little bit different for the 8/16bit tools (HCS08 and RS08) compared to Kinetis, ColdFire, DSC and Qorivva: the format for the libraries is not the archive (*.a) format. Therefore, I cannot use the usual command line tools like readelf, objdump or elfdump available in the GNU Binutils to inspect the libraries. The good news is: there are other good ways to get the information I need :-).
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Go, assembly, go!

As mentioned in my post about the memory view:  I want to go down to the bits and bytes. Same applies to programming: I want to get down to the assembly instruction level, the heavy metal world :-).

Although it sounds a little bit weird in the age of object-oriented programming and C++, but sometimes I need to do ‘assembly level only’ programming on a 32bit controller too. CodeWarrior for MCU offers assembly only project creation for all the 8bit microprocessors, but for the 32bit including the ColdFire it assumes that the usual way is to use C and C++? Yes, it offers C and C++ and you can add assembly files. But how to do assembly only?
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