RFC/RFA: MN10300: Fix handling of protected functions in shared libraries.

Nick Clifton nickc@redhat.com
Mon May 23 15:21:00 GMT 2011

Hi Alex, Hi Jeff, Hi Richard,

  Consider the following small test case:

    % cat test1.c
    extern int g (void) __attribute__ ((visibility("protected")));
    int f (void) { return g (); }

    % cat test2.c
    extern int g(void) __attribute__ ((visibility("protected")));
    int i;
    int g (void) { return i; }

    % gcc -fPIC -c test1.c test2.c
    % gcc -shared -o libtest_protected.so test1.o test2.o

  When compiled with a MN10300 toolchain based on the current FSF GCC
  and binutils sources the final link will fail with:
    test1.o: In function `f':
    test1.c:(.text+0x7): warning: error: inappropriate relocation type for shared library (did you forget -fpic?)

  The problem here is that GCC has decided that since "g" is protected
  it does not need a PLT entry.  But the linker has decided that since
  "g" is a function it does need a PLT entry (even though it is
  protected) so that function pointer comparison will work.  (See the
  definition of SYMBOL_REFERENCES_LOCAL in bfd/elf-bfd.h for more
  information on this).

  I have a small patch that fixes this problem (see below), but I am not
  sure if this is the correct solution.  As far as I can see, this is
  not an MN10300 specific problem however, so surely other targets ought
  to have similar problems ?  (But other targets do not seem to use
  targetm.binds_local_p to decide if a symbol is global or local.  cf/

  Anyway any advice or comments on the situation would be appreciated.


Index: gcc/config/mn10300/mn10300.c
--- gcc/config/mn10300/mn10300.c	(revision 174069)
+++ gcc/config/mn10300/mn10300.c	(working copy)
@@ -3315,8 +3315,30 @@
+static bool
+mn10300_binds_local (const_tree exp)
+  bool local = default_binds_local_p (exp);
+  /* The default binds_local function will decide that protected functions
+     bind locally.  Whilst technically this is true, in practice in PIC mode
+     protected functions still need a PLT entry so that function pointer
+     comparison will work.  */
+  if (local
+      && flag_pic
+      && DECL_P (exp)
+      && TREE_CODE (exp) == FUNCTION_DECL
+    return false;
+  return local;
 /* Initialize the GCC target structure.  */
+#define TARGET_BINDS_LOCAL_P mn10300_binds_local

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