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reply Brad Roberts <braddr puremagic.com> writes:
I've been working on getting gdc working on solaris and have hit an 
interesting issue concerning a difference between the x86 and sparc abi's.  
The dynamic array struct looks like:

struct dynamic_array
{
    int length;
    void *ptr;
}

(work with me, that's approximate)

On x86, when a da is passed to a function, both words of the structure are 
pushed and can be pulled off as individual words.  This is particularly 
useful with printf, as in this form:

    printf("%.*s\n", dynamicString);

That's 100% the same as, on x86:

    printf("%.*s\n", dynamicString.length, dynamicString.ptr);

On solaris, an indirect reference it passed as a single argument, so the 
first form of printf fails, though of course the second form works as 
expected.

While printf isn't part of D, it's a rather common idiom that's offered 
and used by many.

An 'obvious' thing to do would be to teach gdc to split dynamic arrays up 
and manually treat as two args to variadic functions.  I don't like that 
as a general solution.  Maybe do that for just extern (C)'ed functions, 
but even that I don't thing is a good idea.  I could be talked into it for 
just the printf family of functions, but that's a pretty disgusting hack.

Anyone have any suggestions / thoughts for other ways to handle this?

Later,
Brad
Apr 27 2006
parent "Marcus R. Brown" <mrbrown budcat.com> writes:
I ran into this problem (in a different form) on a 64-bit PPC-based 
platform.  Since dynamic arrays are technically C structs, you should 
observe whatever the C vararg ABI conventions are for that platform.  What 
ended up being particularly nasty for me where all the cases where Phobos 
tries to access vararg parms using direct stack pointers, which breaks on a 
64-bit platform where stack slots are padded and aligned to 64-bit 
boundaries.

Dynamic arrays in GDC are already passed as structs though, so I guess I 
would question why on Solaris they are passed as a pointer?

Brad Roberts <braddr puremagic.com> wrote:
 I've been working on getting gdc working on solaris and have hit an
 interesting issue concerning a difference between the x86 and sparc abi's.
 The dynamic array struct looks like:

 struct dynamic_array
 {
    int length;
    void *ptr;
 }

 (work with me, that's approximate)

 On x86, when a da is passed to a function, both words of the structure are
 pushed and can be pulled off as individual words.  This is particularly
 useful with printf, as in this form:

    printf("%.*s\n", dynamicString);

 That's 100% the same as, on x86:

    printf("%.*s\n", dynamicString.length, dynamicString.ptr);

 On solaris, an indirect reference it passed as a single argument, so the
 first form of printf fails, though of course the second form works as
 expected.

 While printf isn't part of D, it's a rather common idiom that's offered
 and used by many.

 An 'obvious' thing to do would be to teach gdc to split dynamic arrays up
 and manually treat as two args to variadic functions.  I don't like that
 as a general solution.  Maybe do that for just extern (C)'ed functions,
 but even that I don't thing is a good idea.  I could be talked into it for
 just the printf family of functions, but that's a pretty disgusting hack.

 Anyone have any suggestions / thoughts for other ways to handle this?

 Later,
 Brad 

May 01 2006