IA64 symbol addresses always 0?

Alan Modra amodra@bigpond.net.au
Sat Jan 3 12:19:00 GMT 2004

On Mon, Dec 22, 2003 at 05:26:20PM +1100, Ian Wienand wrote:
> Shouldn't the symbol value be the PLT entry for the relocation?
> This meshes with what I understand of 386 behaviour, where an
> R_I386_JUMP_SLOT gives it's value as the PLT entry if I haven't
> misunderstood:

x86 is really the odd one out, as undefined symbols are normally zero.

x86 gives undefined function symbols a value in the plt so that you can
load the "address" of the function in an app without needing text
relocations.  The dynamic linker co-operates with another hack that
ensures a shared lib defining the function also gets the same address.
This is needed to make function pointer comparisons work between an app
and a shared lib.  ia64 uses a different scheme for function pointers
that doesn't need this hack.

Note that CVS x86 ld *doesn't* set all undefined function symbols to
their plt entries, only those that have their address taken in the app.

Alan Modra
IBM OzLabs - Linux Technology Centre

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