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Re: Ruby testsuite failures because of pointer mangling on 32-bit ARM?

On 12/10/2013 12:25 PM, Will Newton wrote:
> On 10 December 2013 10:30, Will Newton <> wrote:
>> On 10 December 2013 01:49, Carlos O'Donell <> wrote:
>> Hi Carlos,
>>> I've had one report that the pointer mangling support on 32-bit ARM
>>> that was added in October might be causing the Ruby [1] testsuite
>>> to fail.
>>> Could you try running the ruby testsuite yourself using the new
>>> 32-bit glibc runtime to see if you can reproduce the problem
>>> yourself?
>> Sure, I'll take a look.
> So the question I have now is how does this work on other architectures? ;-)

No idea.

> Ruby uses jmpbuf as a context object for doing threading but also at
> gc.c:1845 it seems to be using a jmpbuf to mark the root set for GC
> which if we are encrypting FP (which is usually a general purpose
> register on ARM) then that may fail and the GC could end up collecting
> live data.

Ruby can't look into the jmpbuf, it's opaque.

If it's actually looking into the jmpbuf we can claim undefined
behaviour and shutdown the bug as a ruby issue.

I haven't seen any bespoke per-target code in Ruby that actually
looks into the jmpbuf, have you?

> I haven't managed to run the Ruby testsuite as it just seems to have
> loads of failures with or without the pointer encryption support. I
> guess I am running it wrong somehow.

All I know is that with the frame pointer mangling support the testsuite
went from bad to worse with tests SIGABRT'ing.

> I'll post a patch. If  you could test it with Ruby that would be much
> appreciated.

I can forward it on and have it tested with Ruby.


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