Bug 16177

Summary: R_ARM_COPY reloc generated for reference in writable section
Product: binutils Reporter: Roland McGrath <roland>
Component: binutilsAssignee: Not yet assigned to anyone <unassigned>
Status: ASSIGNED ---    
Severity: normal CC: bgamari, nickc
Priority: P2    
Version: 2.25   
Target Milestone: ---   
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Attachments: Proposed patch

Description Roland McGrath 2013-11-15 20:51:34 UTC
When a writable input section (i.e. data) refers to a symbol defined in an
ET_DYN object, BFD ld for ARM targets generates a COPY dynamic reloc.  For
other targets like x86, this situation generates a plain data dynamic
reloc.  Gold for ARM also generates the plain data dynamic reloc.

I can't understand any rationale for generating a synthetic data object and
copy reloc for it in this situation.  A copy reloc is only appropriate when
the reference is from a read-only input section (e.g. from an instruction).

	$ cat data-ref.s
	.globl _start
		.p2align 4

		.globl data_object
		.long data_object
		.size object_reference,4
	$ cat libdata.s
		.globl data_object
		.type data_object, %object
		.size data_object, 4
		  .long 123
	$ ./gas/as-new -o data-ref.o data-ref.s 
	$ ./gas/as-new -o libdata.o libdata.s
	$ ./ld/ld-new -shared -o libdata.so libdata.o
	$ ./ld/ld-new -o data-ref data-ref.o libdata.so
	$ readelf -r data-ref

	Relocation section '.rel.dyn' at offset 0x224 contains 1 entries:
	 Offset     Info    Type            Sym.Value  Sym. Name
	100302bc  00000314 R_ARM_COPY        100302bc   data_object
	$ ./gold/ld-new -o data-ref-gold data-ref.o libdata.so
	$ readelf -r data-ref-gold

	Relocation section '.rel.dyn' at offset 0x190 contains 1 entries:
	 Offset     Info    Type            Sym.Value  Sym. Name
	00009230  00000102 R_ARM_ABS32       00000000   data_object
Comment 1 Ben Gamari 2014-01-20 18:19:58 UTC
This appears to be responsible for brokenness on ARM when the Glasgow Haskell Compiler is used to produce dynamically linked executables https://ghc.haskell.org/trac/ghc/ticket/4210#comment:29.
Comment 2 Nick Clifton 2016-04-20 13:00:19 UTC
Created attachment 9207 [details]
Proposed patch

Hi Ben,

  Please try this patch.

Comment 3 Nick Clifton 2016-04-20 13:01:45 UTC
Ben or Roland that is...