[PATCH, go] Passing Complex64 and Complex128 values via reflect.Call (using libffi) introduces ABI mismatch

Uros Bizjak ubizjak@gmail.com
Fri Mar 1 14:50:00 GMT 2013

On Fri, Mar 1, 2013 at 3:43 PM, Ian Lance Taylor <iant@google.com> wrote:
> On Fri, Mar 1, 2013 at 4:57 AM, Uros Bizjak <ubizjak@gmail.com> wrote:
>> Due to the fact that libFFI does not handle C99 _Complex arguments
>> correctly [1], libgo passes Complex64 and Complex128 arguments via a
>> temporary structure. However, passing parts of complex number in a
>> structure is not the same as passing true C99 _Complex value, so this
>> workaround introduces ABI mismatch between caller and callee. This
>> mismatch results in wrong passed values of complex types.
>> Fortunately all x86 ABIs tolerate this mismatch, but other targets
>> (i.e. alpha) don't have this privilege.
> Is there a PR open against libffi?

Not that I know of, but I can open one if requested.

> Do we have any idea which targets pass complex in a manner different
> than a struct of two float/doubles?  Your patch assumes that only x86
> targets work, but I would expect that many targets work that way.

Maybe a test could be added to reflect package that calls foreign
function with _Complex arguments/return value? The function should do
some basic arithmetic on complex values and the test could check if it
returns expected values. This test would reliably catch affected


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