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Re: gcc bug impacts glibc cvs

At 20:06 12.03.2001, Ulrich Drepper wrote:
>Franz Sirl <> writes:
> > Well, currently this test is quite simple, every GCC does it
> > potentially wrong so far. Maybe a fix can go into gcc-3.0, but most
> > probably it won't be in gcc-2.95.3.
>On x86 the problem seems not to appear:
>extern void *xyzzy __attribute__ ((__weak__));
>main (void)
>   return &xyzzy ? (xyzzy == (void *) 0) : 0;
>This succeeds with -O0, -O1, -O2, -O3.  Therefore I do not want a
>work-around to go into glibc unconditionally.

For a small testcase this succeeds, but there is _absolutely no_ guarantee 
that it will work under all conditions in all GCC's up to date and on all 
platforms, simply because currently GCC has _no_ idea internally about weak 
symbols, there are handled like every other symbol reference. And thus GCC 
assumes that it can always dereference it (and GCC optimizes accordingly), 
which is not true in practice for a weak symbol reference. It might very 
well be that someone changes optimizations for x86 in the next weeks before 
gcc-3.0 and suddenly your testcase will fail for x86 too. How will you 
handle that case then?
IMHO the only safe thing to do is to incorporate some kind of workaround 
and unconditionally enable it until GCC is fixed, everthing else is just 
depending on pure luck.


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