Strange behaviour of gcc

Danny Smith danny_r_smith_2001@yahoo.co.nz
Tue Dec 24 02:14:00 GMT 2002


fabrizio_ge-wolit@tiscali.it wrote:
> Can somebody explain why gcc (version 3.2 20020927) on Cygwin does
> this? Type this simple C program
>
> void func(void){
>   struct {unsigned char data[3985];}var;
> }
>
> and compile with
>
> gcc -c filename.c
>
> Then type
>
> nm filename.o
>
> The output is
>
> 00000000 b .bss
> 00000000 d .data
> 00000000 t .text
>          U __alloca
> 00000000 T _func
>
> Why on earth is the symbol __alloca doing there?
>
> Just change the program to
>
> void func(void){
>   struct {unsigned char data[3984];}var;
> }
>
> and compile it. This time, nm's output is
>
> 00000000 b .bss
> 00000000 d .data
> 00000000 t .text
> 00000000 T _func
>
> as it should. Is there a reason why the symbol __alloca appears?


GCC's __builtin_alloca uses a helper function called _alloca to check the stack
whenever allocating more that 4000  bytes in one go.

Danny

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