ld bug?

Paul Mackerras paulus at linuxcare.com.au
Fri Sep 15 14:16:57 EST 2000

Takashi Oe writes:

> Well, I've just had a kernel hang at "Freeing unused kernel memory:..."
> with linux-2.4.0-test8 + numerous patches, and I've traced the hang to
> what apears (to me) to be a ld bug.

Don't think so, see below...

> The kernel hangs at the call to spin_unlock_irq() in schedule() of
> kernel/sched.c.  For me (UP kernel), spin_unlock_irq() is defined to be

That sounds to me like an unhandled interrupt, endlessly repeated.

> So, if I'm reading this correctly, the compiler is generating correct
> assembly.  Now, objdump output of vmlinux (kernel) for the same segment
> says:
> c02164c4:       3d 20 c0 3a     lis     r9,-16326
> c02164c8:       80 09 c3 e4     lwz     r0,-15388(r9)
> c02164cc:       7c 08 03 a6     mtlr    r0
> c02164d0:       4e 80 00 21     blrl
> However, from "nm vmlinux | grep int_control", "int_control" is at
> c039c3e0 D int_control

No, it's right, the thing is that the -15388 in the lwz instruction is
sign-extended.  So the address it uses is 0xc03a0000 - 15388 (or put
another way, 0xc03a0000 + 0xffffc3e4) which is in 0xc039c3e0.


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