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Re: [Patch mach-o, indirect symbols 1/2] support indirect symbols in mach-o.
On Jan 3, 2012, at 12:08 PM, Iain Sandoe wrote:
> Hi Tristan,
> I've amended and applied (together with its tests) with the additional comments as below.
> Note that I updated the (c) years in the altered files, but I did NOT rotate the ChangeLogs.
> On 2 Jan 2012, at 11:13, Tristan Gingold wrote:
>> Ok with the suggested changes (mostly stylistic). Bracketed points are not required to be addressed for the commit.
>>> + if ((s->n_type & BFD_MACH_O_N_TYPE) == BFD_MACH_O_N_INDR)
>> [ Maybe we should create a macro to test for indirect symbols ]
>>> + /* A pointer to the referenced symbol will be stored in the udata
>>> + field. Use that to find the string index. */
>>> + s->symbol.value =
>>> + ((bfd_mach_o_asymbol *)s->symbol.udata.p)->symbol.udata.i;
>> [ One issue is that we don't follow the BFD convention for indirect symbols. To be fixed later ]
> that's a tricky one - we need the 'normal' symbols ahead of the indirects (so we'd have to swap in and out).
>> [ One question: does it make sense to output the indirect name here and therefore avoiding taking care of indirect symbols while sorting ? ]
> I am not sure I follow the question - we are constrained to do things in a particular order by needing certain dependent information.
> to construct and order the symtab - we need the sections.
> to construct the indirect symbol dependent indices - we need the symbols sorted.
> to construct the indirect symbol *value* we need the string table offset for the dependent symbol (which is only available when the symbol table is written). Note that this is academic when we write a dysymtab - since we don't then write 'bare' indirect symbols. If we do not write the dysymtab - then the 'normal' symbols precede the indirect ones which means that we get the *value* just in time.
I have just realized I misunderstood indirect symbols, simply because that's ambiguous.
There are two kinds of indirect symbols:
N_INDR symbols, which cannot be emitted by native as, and appear in the symbols table
.indirect_symbols, which never appear in the symbol table but only in the indirect symbols table.
I think it would be better not to put .indirect_symbols in the symbol table, that would be clearer. Give me more time to think about that.
>>> + qsort (symbols, (size_t) nin, sizeof (void *), bfd_mach_o_cf_symbols);
>> [ Unfortunately qsort is not stable! ]
> indeed, which is why there's a specific sort decider for each type - if you believe I've missed one (or that it's not adequate) then I guess we could switch to merge sort.
I think it is ok, but qsort is simply over-engineering. We simply need to separate local/external/undefined symbols.