Soliciting help with libstdc++ and exceptions

Martin v. Loewis
Tue Dec 21 13:15:00 GMT 1999

> My Debian (potato) library was presumably built with --enable-threads,
> but my test snapshot of gcc was not.

That would explain the difference to what I am seeing.

> Surely we want people to be *able* to build test versions of gcc, both
> with and without --enable-threads, that work without static linking on
> systems with arbitrary configurations.

I'm not so sure about that. I'd propose that configure prints a
message if gcc is configured without --enable-threads on Linux.

People can still configure the compiler without this option for
testing, but they are on their own then. For example, in certain
cases, they may have to use the -Wl,-u hack, or rebuild their C
library. On a Linux system, --enable-threads does not do any harm,
thanks to the weak references.

Anyway, I FOUND the difference that is causing the problems (I
believe). Looking at frame.h, we see

typedef struct frame_state
  void *cfa;
  void *eh_ptr;
  long cfa_offset;
  long args_size;
  long reg_or_offset[FIRST_PSEUDO_REGISTER+1];
  unsigned short cfa_reg;
  unsigned short retaddr_column;
  char saved[FIRST_PSEUDO_REGISTER+1];
} frame_state;

This hasn't changed in ages. However, looking at i386.h, we see that,
in egcs_1_1_2_release (and 2.95), it is


whereas in the mainline gcc, it is


That changes the layout of frame_state quite a bit, and in turn, also
the calling convention for __frame_state_for. Please let me know that
I'm missing something ...


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