elfrc — a resource compiler for ELF systems
elfrc [-o filename] [-h filename] [-v ]
This manual page documents briefly the elfrc command.
This manual page was written for the Debian distribution because the
original program does not have a manual page.
elfrc is a program which can turn arbitrary files into ELF object files
which can then be linked into your program directly and accessed via
simple, user-defined symbol names.
For instance, it’s possible to embed even huge (16MB+) files directly
into the executable and then access the data in constant time without
making the compiler or linker eat loads of memory.
Here’s what the arguments do:
Store resulting ELF object in filename. If not given, no ELF
object will be generated.
Store C header file which can be used to access the resource
data in filename. If not given, no header file will be
-v Be a little verbose about what’s going on.
In any case, the most important argument is resfile - the path to a
resource file which can be parsed by elfrc. If no resource file is
given, or if "-" (a dash) is given, the resources will be read from the
A resource file is just a plain text file, each line in the file
describing a resource to be compiled into the ELF output. Each line is
expected to three fields, separated by tab characters: the type of the
resource (can be either ’binary’ or ’text’), the symbol name (this
should be a valid C identifier) and the path to the file to be compiled
This manual page was written by Kumar Appaiah email@example.com for
the Debian system (but may be used by others). Permission is granted
to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the
GNU General Public License, Version 2 any later version published by
the Free Software Foundation.
On Debian systems, the complete text of the GNU General Public License
can be found in /usr/share/common-licenses/GPL.