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Re: Target hook for ASM_FILE_END

On Thu, Jun 05, 2003 at 06:35:26PM -0700, Zack Weinberg wrote:
> Richard Henderson <> writes:
> > On Thu, Jun 05, 2003 at 05:08:19PM -0700, Zack Weinberg wrote:
> >> +    void (*file_end) PARAMS ((FILE *));
> >
> > IMO we should not be passing asm_out_file around as a parameter.
> > The global variable is just fine.
> Here's a revised patch with that change.  I would appreciate a close
> second look at the mips.c changes -- I'm not sure about the
> interaction with the file-switching gunk.

The file switching stuff was a hack to work with the MIPS assembler that
existed back on the DEC pmaxes and other early MIPS computers.  Basically that
assembler was single pass, and GCC didn't emit static/global declarations until
the end of the file.  So if a data item was capable of being put into the small
data area, the assembler would generate code assuming it was outside of that
area (using $1 to load the upper 16 bits of the address, and then doing the
load/store in the second instruction using $1 as the index register), since it
hadn't seen the appropriate global declaration yet.  This was written before
gas became generally available.  I wrote it 8+ years ago.  I don't know if
anybody is still using GCC in such a situation (new compiler, old system, not
using gas).

Michael Meissner

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