The mcs command is used to manipulate a section, by default the .comment section, in an ELF object file. It is used to add to, delete, print, and compress the contents of a section in an ELF object file, and print only the contents of a section in a COFF object file. mcs cannot add, delete or compress the contents of a section that is contained within a segment.
If the input file is an archive (see ar(3HEAD)), the archive is treated as a set of individual files. For example, if the -a option is specified, the string is appended to the comment section of each ELF object file in the archive; if the archive member is not an ELF object file, then it is left unchanged.
mcs must be given one or more of the options described below. It applies, in order, each of the specified options to each file.
Append string to the comment section of the ELF object files. If string contains embedded blanks, it must be enclosed in quotation marks.
Compress the contents of the comment section of the ELF object files. All duplicate entries are removed. The ordering of the remaining entries is not disturbed.
Delete the contents of the comment section from the ELF object files. The section header for the comment section is also removed.
Specify the name of the comment section to access if other than .comment. By default, mcs deals with the section named .comment. This option can be used to specify another section. mcs can take multiple -n options to allow for specification of multiple section comments.
Print the contents of the comment section on the standard output. Each section printed is tagged by the name of the file from which it was extracted, using the format file[member_name]: for archive files and file: for other files.
Print on standard error the version number of mcs.
The following entry
example% mcs -p elf.file
The following entry
example% mcs -a xyz elf.file
See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attributes:
|ATTRIBUTE TYPE||ATTRIBUTE VALUE|
When mcs deletes a section using the -d option, it tries to bind together sections of type SHT_REL and target sections pointed to by the sh_info section header field. If one is to be deleted, mcs attempts to delete the other of the pair.