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Fwd: CONSTANT_POOL_BEFORE_FUNCTION has no effect in tm.h?

Rather, a safe ref distance. Apologies for the duplicate message.


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From: Trevor Scroggins <>
Date: Fri, Jul 10, 2009 at 3:19 PM
Subject: Re: CONSTANT_POOL_BEFORE_FUNCTION has no effect in tm.h?
To: Ian Lance Taylor <>

While I still think the choice is arbitrary (why the front and not the
back--and mine's a lay opinion, I know), what's the generally accepted
method for reorganizing string literals and other constants to appear
after the function asm rather than before it? Some targets appear to
do something similar in TARGET_MACHINE_DEPENDENT_REORG to relocate
read-only data to a safe jump distance. Where should I begin looking
in source/documentation to gain an understanding of the process?

Also, I don't really grok your example, which probably belies a lack
of deep understanding of C or GCC or both. In every case I tried,
'const int ai[] = { 1 };' (and volatile ...) was translated to an
immediate value of 1.


On Mon, Jul 6, 2009 at 11:45 AM, Ian Lance Taylor<> wrote:
> Trevor Scroggins <> writes:
>> No, that won't work. The assembler only recognizes .text, .data, and
>> .bss and doesn't support .section. Surely there's a simple hook that
>> instructs that compiler to print locals after a function instead of
>> before it?
> No. ?Why should there be? ?Even if you fix the case of string constants,
> you will run into trouble as soon as somebody writes
> ? ?const int ai[] = { 1 };
> Most systems require some sort of startup code to run before main,
> anyhow. ?If you have no such requirement, then I recommend simply being
> disciplined in how you write the "main" function, or paying the cost of
> two or four initial bytes to branch to the main function from the start
> of the .text section.
> Ian

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