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Re: Clean up the mips dynamic linker

To: Ralf Baechle <>
Subject: Re: Clean up the mips dynamic linker
From: "H . J . Lu" <>
Date: Fri, 13 Jul 2001 11:14:25 -0700
Cc:, GNU C Library <>
In-reply-to: <>; from on Fri, Jul 13, 2001 at 11:26:36AM +0200
References: <> <>
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On Fri, Jul 13, 2001 at 11:26:36AM +0200, Ralf Baechle wrote:
> On Thu, Jul 12, 2001 at 06:24:02PM -0700, H . J . Lu wrote:
> > In fact, DT_MIPS_MAP_BASE_ADDR is the same as the p_addr field of the
> > first loadable segment in the program header. I think it is included
> > in the MIPS ABI to give the dynamic linker easy access to it.
> Afair there is no requirement for loadable segments to be sorted so you'd
> have to go through all the program header table to find the one with the
> lowest address which isn't necessarily the first segment.
> As the ABI doesn't give any guarantee that the lowest address in the segment
> table is the value of DT_MIPS_BASE_ADDR I just tried to find a binary on
> my IRIX boxen that violates this rule but I didn't find any.  So please,
> go ahead.

It doesn't matter. DT_MIPS_BASE_ADDR is the "Base Address" in the gABI.
glibc has to get the "Base Address" right. Otherwise, it won't work
correctly for all cases. It is not mips specific.


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