[Patch] linuxppc gnuplot segfaults in save

Martin Costabel costabel at wanadoo.fr
Thu Apr 15 20:55:09 EST 1999

Franz Sirl wrote:
> At 08:54 15.04.99 , Martin Costabel wrote:
> >> > Or could someone find out what's wrong with the fprintf function in
> >> > LinuPPC? Note that this is not specific for one version of glibc. I
> >> > tried it on several from glibc-961212 to glibc-2.1.1-3a. Same result.
> >>
> >> It failed under the old libs?
> >
> >Yes, I compiled gnuplot-3.7 under glibc-961212 (rev 1o, IIRC), and the
> >result was the same. I managed to track the problem down to the fprintf
> >call, but I don't know enough C and glibc to go any further.
> The problem could be egcs, there's a known varargs bug on PPC, which
> happens as soon you have more than 8-10 args. There's a testcase for this
> in the egcs testsuite, gcc.c-torture/execute/980608-1.c, which still fails
> in the development sources. I hope this will be resolved for egcs-1.2 if
> the rewrite of the function epilogue/prologue to use RTL makes it in time...

Here is a minimal example, adapted from the gnuplot sources. If used as
"a.out foo.gnu", it segfaults for me. Compiler is egcs-2.91.66 19990314
(egcs-1.1.2 release) (PowerPC GNU/Linux), glibc-2.1.1-3a. 
gbd backtrace gives

#0  0x171fb0c in strlen () at soinit.c:59
soinit.c:59: No such file or directory.
(gdb) bt
#0  0x171fb0c in strlen () at soinit.c:59
#1  0x1703fe0 in _IO_vfprintf () at vfprintf.c:1554
#2  0x170acf8 in fprintf () at fprintf.c:36
#3  0x18004d4 in test_fprintf (fp=0x18408a8) at gpltst.c:6
#4  0x180053c in main (argc=2, argv=0x7ffff8a4) at gpltst.c:32
#5  0x676e7500 in ?? ()

If I take away the 9th line of output, it runs without segmentation
fault, but the output of the last 2 lines is incorrect. If I take away
the 8th line, too, output of line 7 is still incorrect.

If I keep all 9 lines, but change the first argument 1.1 to 11 and the
first format from %g to %d, there is no bug anymore.

I hope this helps some of the experts to find and fix the bug.

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#include <stdio.h>

void test_fprintf(fp)
    FILE *fp;
	fprintf(fp, "\
set offsets %g, %g, %g, %g\n\
set pointsize %g\n\
set encoding %s\n\
set %spolar\n\
set %sparametric\n\
set view %g, %g, %g, %g\n\
set samples %d, %d\n\
set isosamples %d, %d\n\
set %ssurface",
	    1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 
	    6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4,
	    71, 72,
	    81, 82,

int main(int argc, char** argv)
	char* file_name;
	strcpy(file_name, argv[1]);   
	test_fprintf(fopen(file_name, "w"));


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