[Gc] problem with boehm-gc on NetBSD/m68k

Boehm, Hans hans.boehm at hp.com
Wed Mar 31 16:25:47 PST 2004

I'm not sure whether this is a serious error.

I suspect the problem is that
GC_is_visible(y), where y is a function pointer, does not invoke
GC_is_visible_print_proc(), which indicates that the collector thought that
function pointers point to a valid root segment that should be scanned.

On some platforms, this is indeed correct, because function pointers really
point to a function descriptor in the static data area.  Or I guess it might
happen if the platform supports dynamic libraries but doesn't write-protect code.
(Are there such platforms?)

This is why the code that checks this (and fails for you) is not compiled on some
architectures.  It may be that M68K just needs to be added to this list.

(This is a flakey test.  But I'd rather understand the cases in which it fails
rather than taking it out for all platforms.  It's also really testing a
corner case rather than basic functionality.)

If you know that your platform uses function descriptors in the data area,
I will go ahead and make this change.  If you're not sure, but all other
tests pass if you comment out this one (around line 1260 of test.c),
I'd also be inclined to go ahead and make this change.

I added the definition of USE_GENERIC_PUSH_REGS.  I think the rest of the
NetBSD patch is already in my latest versions.


> -----Original Message-----
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> [mailto:gc-bounces at napali.hpl.hp.com]On Behalf Of Hubert Feyrer
> Sent: Wednesday, March 31, 2004 1:46 PM
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> Subject: [Gc] problem with boehm-gc on NetBSD/m68k
> Hi,
> we can't seem to get boehm-gc build properly on the M68K platform in
> NetBSD, and lacking some intimate understanding of the internals this
> seems not possible to fix (for me :). The problem is documented at
> https://www.netbsd.org/cgi-bin/query-pr-single.pl?number=23670
> and if someone had a clue on how to get boehm-gc compiling 
> _and_ working
> ('gmake check') on an m68k platform, that would be welcome to know.
> I've done my debugging documented in the PR with boehm-gc 6.2 on a
> NetBSD/amiga (m68k) platform running NetBSD 1.6.2.
> Thanks!
>  - Hubert
> -- 
> Hubert Feyrer <hubert at feyrer.de>
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