Re: [PATCH] C undefined behavior fix

From: Jakub Jelinek (
Date: Wed Jan 02 2002 - 08:11:39 EST

On Wed, Jan 02, 2002 at 12:41:28PM +0200, Momchil Velikov wrote:
> >>>>> "Florian" == Florian Weimer <> writes:
> Florian> Momchil Velikov <> writes:
> >> - strcpy(namep, RELOC("linux,phandle"));
> >> + memcpy (namep, RELOC("linux,phandle"), sizeof("linux,phandle"));
> Florian> Doesn't this still trigger undefined behavior, as far as the C
> Florian> standard is concerned? It's probably a better idea to fix the linker,
> Florian> so that it performs proper relocation.
> Well, strictly speaking it _is_ undefined, however adding/subtracting
> __PAGE_OFFSET is far too common operation and one can resonably expect
> to get away with it in the _vast_ majority of cases. IMHO, it is
> better to fix the particular case, which triggers the undefined
> behaviour, as these cases are bound to be _very_ rare.

IMHO the best thing is to change the RELOC macro, so that gcc cannot optimize
-#define PTRRELOC(x) ((typeof(x))((unsigned long)(x) + offset))
+#define PTRRELOC(x) ({ unsigned long __x = (unsigned long)(x); \
                            asm ("" : "=r" (__x) : "0" (__x)); \
                            (typeof(x))(__x + offset); })
This way gcc cannot assume anything about it.

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