Re: Writable global section?

From: Richard B. Johnson (
Date: Wed Oct 09 2002 - 10:56:00 EST

On Wed, 9 Oct 2002, Andreas Schwab wrote:

> "Richard B. Johnson" <> writes:
> |> If a variable is in the ".data" section, it is "seen" by all procedures
> |> that are linked to the shared library, but any attempt to write to this
> |> variable will seg-fault the task that attempts to modify it.
> Your tests must be flawed, because a .data section *is* writable. The
> only difference between .data and .bss is that the latter has no
> allocation in the image file, but they are mapped to the same, writable
> segment.
> Andreas.

Well, yes I found out.. This anomaly with the assembler.....

.section .data
.global pars
.type pars,@object
.size pars,4
.align 4
pars: .long 0

I accidentally left out .size, guess what? Even though I had an
offset recognized and a ".long", initialized to 0, there was no
space allocated and therefore the seg-fault. I would have seen
this, but the problem doesn't exist if the ".section" is ".bss",
the first section I was messing with. Go figure?

And the writable, is a COW. It isn't seen by others. It's a shame.
It would be very useful to have a writable global section available
like VAXen did.

Dick Johnson
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