ark> So I think you are right -- the correct fix is to warn people that ark> they should not use binutils 2.13 on Solaris, period. I believe that ark> they will fix the problem in 2.13.1 and will let you know.
I received a fix this morning from one of the binutils developers and am testing it now. The good news is that the Python build has gotten further than it did last time, so I'm going to try rebuilding gcc with the fixed binutils 2.13 and then rebuilding Python.
That process takes about 16 hours of cpu time, so don't expect to hear from me until tomorrow at the earliest.
The bad news is that the fix is specific to Solaris, which means that installing it breaks the linker for Sparc/Linux. They are now trying to figure out how to fix it in a way that does not break Linux; obviously, they're not going to put it in a release until they have one that works on both operating systems.
More news as I get it.