> Date: Thu, 11 Mar 2021 00:55:06 +0000 (UTC) > From: Syd <nhuq1****@yahoo*****> > > Finding a forum for MinGW isn't easy! I hope this message gets to a working forum/list. Assuming you are using mingw.org's MinGW (not MinGW64), you are in the right place. > After installing MinGW I find quite a few tools in the MinGW folder such as ar.exe, as.exe, ld.exe, and > objdump.exe as well as a few others. I have no clue how or why they should be used, and I can find no > documentation on these exe files anywhere. I think I know what objdump.exe does, but it might be nice if I > could find some sort of documentation on it's use. So far I've found nothing at all! I hope someone has a > clue about this documentation situation. Each package comes either with a "info" or a "man" tarball, sometimes both. Those install the Info manuals and/or the "man pages" for the package, and that is where you find documentation. You will need an Info reader for the former and a 'man' program + a pager for the latter, but by and large the files that constitute the documentation are human-readable text files (with a few control characters here and there), so you can read them with any text editor or viewer, for example, the 'more' command that comes with Windows or even Notepad. Alternatively, you could install a port of 'man' command and GNU Less as the pager for reading man pages, and the info.exe program from the Texinfo package to read the Info manuals. (If you use Emacs, it has an Info reader built-in.) The programs you asked about are part of GNU Binutils, so their manuals should be in Info format in the share/info subdirectory of your main MinGW installation directory. Look for binutils.info and ld.info there.