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Re: GCC ARM: aligned access

On Aug 31, 2014, at 11:32 AM, Joel Sherrill <> wrote:

>> Hi,
>> I am writing some code and found that system crashed. I found it was
>> unaligned access which causes `data abort` exception. I write a piece
>> of code and objdump
>> it. I am not sure this is right or not.
>> command:
>> arm-poky-linux-gnueabi-gcc -marm -mno-thumb-interwork -mabi=aapcs-linux
>> -mword-relocations -march=armv7-a -mno-unaligned-access
>> -ffunction-sections -fdata-sections -fno-common -ffixed-r9 -msoft-float
>> -pipe  -O2 -c 2.c -o 2.o
>> arch is armv7-a and used '-mno-unaligned access'
> I think this is totally expected. You were passed a u8 pointer which is aligned for that type (no restrictions likely). You cast it to a type with stricter alignment requirements. The code is just flawed. Some CPUs handle unaligned accesses but not your ARM.

While armv7 and armv6 supports unaligned access, that support has to be 
enabled by the underlying O/S.  Not knowing the underlying environment, 
I can't say whether that support is enabled.  One issue we had in NetBSD
in moving to gcc4.8 was that the NetBSD/arm kernel didn't enable unaligned
access for armv[67] CPUs.  We quickly changed things so unaligned access
is supported.

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