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Re: S_FORCE_RELOC intended behavior?

On Fri, Aug 21, 2015 at 04:42:05PM -0400, Rich Felker wrote:
> A while back I reported issue #18561 which I thought was sh-specific,
> but discussion on the bug tracker with Nick Clifton, who found a way
> to make gas behave correctly, has revealed that the issue might be
> deeper and affecting other targets too. The following commit:
> changed S_FORCE_RELOC so that, for some callers, it reports
> expressions based on weak symbol definitions as being able to be
> handled with fixups rather than requiring relocations to be emitted.
> As far as I can tell, this is always incorrect; a weak definition can
> always be replaced at link time.
> Is anyone familiar with the code affected by the above commit able to
> confirm whether my interpretation is correct and make sense of why the
> changes in that commit were made?

I commented in the bugzilla before seeing this email.

Basically, your claim that it is always incorrect to resolve an
expression involving a weak symbol, is wrong.  Counter example:
 .size foo, . - foo
OK, perhaps not the best example, but the point is that subtraction of
two symbols is often used in expressions involving some *local*
property of the function/object involved.

Long-standing gas behaviour is to resolve expressions involving
unadorned subtraction of defined symbols at assembly time.  I don't
think that can be changed without breaking things.

Alan Modra
Australia Development Lab, IBM

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