weird glibc bug?? (#0 0x153b94c in strlen () at soinit.c:59)

Martin Costabel costabel at
Sat Jun 19 16:15:07 EST 1999

Could this be an egcs bug? When i reported a similar bug (lines #0 and
#1 in the gdb output were the same) where gnuplot was segfaulting, Franz
Sirl and the others found out that it was related to the varargs bug in
egcs. Have a look at the linuxppc-dev archives from around April 15.
There should be a fix for this in egcs-1.1.2-1c.

According to the sources at, the "official"
varargs fix is included in egcs-1.1.2-1e which I managed to compile from
the spec and patch files found at that site. And of course, gcc-2.95 is
probably fixed, too.

Hope this helps


Troy Benjegerdes wrote:
> I am completely and totally stumped.
> I have been seeing various programs (everthing from the installer to scp
> to apache) that have seemingly inexplicable segfaults since at least the
> first glibc-2.1 was out (6 months ago?)
> At first I thought this had been caused by a bug in 'strip', since a new
> binutils fixed the problem.
> this problem seems to have resurfaced again in recent glibc's.
> in it's current incarnation, scp is segfaulting, and when I use gdb, I get
> the following backtrace:
> Program received signal SIGSEGV, Segmentation fault.
> 0x153b94c in strlen () at soinit.c:59
> soinit.c:59: No such file or directory.
> (gdb) bt
> #0  0x153b94c in strlen () at soinit.c:59
> #1  0x151fda4 in _IO_vfprintf () at vfprintf.c:1554
> #2  0x1523304 in buffered_vfprintf (s=0x15fd118, format=0x18047e0 "%s:
> %s",
>     args=0x7ffff1f0) at vfprintf.c:1747
> #3  0x151e2f4 in _IO_vfprintf () at vfprintf.c:1554
> #4  0x1803d4c in _SDA2_BASE_ ()
> #5  0x18039dc in _SDA2_BASE_ ()
> #6  0x18022ac in _SDA2_BASE_ ()
> #7  0x1801ac4 in _SDA2_BASE_ ()
> #8  0x14fd7d4 in __libc_start_main () at ../sysdeps/powerpc/elf/libc-sta
> So, my first thought was that strip was buggy again, so I built scp and
> didn't strip it.
> It still segfaults when run from the command line. But it gets more
> interesting: When run from gdb, the unstripped binary *doesn't* segfault!!
> It seems as though depending on where things are aligned in memory either
> triggers or masks the problem. I have heard a report that apache works
> fine when built with '-g', and segfaults with a screwed up stack when not.
> (this normally isn't noticeable with apache, since it occurs when
> returning a 'page not found' error)
> Someone please tell me I haven't gone of the deep end on this :-/
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