Making -findirect-dispatch the default?

Andrew Haley
Sat Dec 19 17:27:00 GMT 2009

Herman ten Brugge wrote:
> I would like to make a suggestion to make the "-findirect-dispatch" the 
> default when compiling code with gcj.
> If you do not do this you some times get the message:
> "Incorrect library ABI version detected.  Aborting."
> This is really puzzling the first time you see it. You compiled you 
> source code from scratch and
> still this message is given when running it.

No, you only get this if you install binaries that are not compatible
with the installed libraries.  If you build with the same version you'll
be fine.

> I found the solution on the internet and used "-findirect-dispatch" to 
> solve it.
> Why is this still not the default. I see that is was first introduced in the
> " New ABI.pdf"
> because of serious ABI problems. But this was 5 years ago.

Well, these were not, exactly, problems, although they could be.
gcj defaults to the same ABI that C++ uses.

> I also see that it has some performance penalties. But for optimizing 
> code we
> always have to use some optimizing flags. We can then supply 
> "-fno-indirect-dispatch"
> is we want faster code (and ABI incompatible).

There are not many packages that depend on gcj's "old" ABI, the default.
But there are some, and these include all of the packages that use CNI.
If we change the default, we will break their build scripts.  This is a
Bad Thing.  If indirect dispatch worked with CNI, this would be much
easier, but it doesn't.

gcc is in stage 3: bug fixes only.  While there is considerable merit
in making indirect dispatch the dafault, this isn't the time to make
such an ABI-breaking change.


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