abort() in function.c (arm-linux, only with -O or -O2)

Jamie Guinan guinan@bluebutton.com
Wed May 12 02:52:00 GMT 1999

Hi all,

I have a source module from the GTK library that triggers abort() in both
the 19990502 snapshot and today's CVS sources (19990511), when
optimization is on.

I'm doing a bootstrap build on a Corel Netwinder, using gcc-2.8.1
for the stage 1 build.

I've narrowed the problem code from GTK down to a .i file with a single
function in it.   You can download it at,


It gunzip's to 200k, but thats largely GTK prototypes and typedefs
and preprocessor whitespace.  The actual function, called
gtk_button_size_allocate(), is down at the bottom and is barely
50 lines, although the GTK macro expansions are quite hairy.

I had to apply some patches to get the self-hosted build to work,
These are not "official" patches so please don't bug or blame the author 
(Phil B.).  I don't think the patches relate to the abort() condition but
I can't be 100% sure and I don't want to cause headaches for him.  The
patches I used are located at,


I applied these patches directly to the 19990502 snapshot, and I did a
manual patch against today's CVS tree.   Here is the "cvs diff" output
from inside gcc/config/arm,


(the result is basically equivalent to Phil's patches).

More details for anyone who's interested:

The gcc code that is aborting is function.c:purge_addressof_1().
In the 19990502 snapshot, it aborts here around line 3136,

			  if (GET_MODE_SIZE (GET_MODE (x))
			      < GET_MODE_SIZE (GET_MODE (y)))
			    abort ();

I added a few debugging printf's and found that MODE(x) is HI
(half integer, two byte) and MODE(y) is "SI" (single integer, 
four byte).  Thus ( 2 < 4 ) and it aborts.

In today's CVS sources, this code has changed somewhat, but it
still isn't able to find a suitable replacement rtx and it
aborts here around line 3171,

	      /* There should always be such a replacement.  */
	      abort ();

Turning off optimization allows the GTK function to compile.

$ /path-to-recent-egcs.../gcc -c gtk_button_test.i (ok)
$ /path-to-recent-egcs.../gcc -O -c gtk_button_test.i (aborts)
$ /path-to-recent-egcs.../gcc -O -c gtk_button_test.i (aborts)

I wasn't able to produce RTL output (-dp) because it was aborting
in the RTL-generation phase.


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