[alsa-devel] Issues with alsa-lib-1.0.13 built using arm gcc 4.1.1

sandeep lahane sandeep.lahane at gmail.com
Tue Mar 18 20:10:46 CET 2008

On Mon, Mar 17, 2008 at 8:06 PM, sandeep lahane <sandeep.lahane at gmail.com>

> Hello,
> I have written an external io type plugin for an arm based board.
> While debugging the plugin, I encountered unexpected errors
> which I doubt are because of gcc optimizations, and after looking up on
> web it seems that arm-gcc 4.1.1 which we are using has some known bugs
> due to which alsa-library functions behave unexpectedly.
> E.g. snd_mask_refine() reportedly behaves differently when it is
> compiled using different optimization levels, I am facing the same issue
> where snd_mask_refine() returns unexpected (-EINVAL) and after I modify
> the
> code as in src/pcm/mask_inline.h
>  MASK_INLINE void snd_mask_copy(snd_mask_t *mask, const snd_mask_t *v)
>  {
> -  *mask = *v;
> +    memcpy(mask->bits, v->bits, MASK_SIZE * 4);
>  }
> snd_mask_refine() returns 0 which is valid but I get segfaults just after
> returning from snd_pcm_ioplug_hw_refine().
> Is this a known bug and if yes/no then is there any list of known
> bugs/quirks when using alsa-lib with arm gcc 4.1.1?
> I am attaching a log below, pardon for non-alsa flavour of debug messages
> in the log.
Pruning the log in previous email.

It looks like the issue has been resolved by building alsa-lib and
alsa-utils at optimization level 0. The snd_hw_refine() returns wrong values
at other optimiztion levels so it has to be either patched/modified to
nullify  -O settings  or  optimization level 0 has to be used. I had tried
out patching the function
and then it returns correct value, but alsa-lib segfaults after successfully
from it. So currently I am going ahead with building them at -O0.



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