glib / Tru64 v.5.0 interaction bug report & workaround

Package: glib
Version: 1.2.8
Platform:  Alpha/Compaq Tru64 UNIX v. 5.0 (alphaev56-dec-osf5.0)


I'm told that while is melted down, this is the right
list to which to send a bug report.  If this is incorrect, please
accept my apology-in-advance, and gently guide me in the right

Bug manifestation:  

Attempting to start gimp on this platform causes it to fail:

LibGimp-WARNING **: script-fu: wire_read: unexpected EOF
Illegal instruction (core dumped)

Related bugs:

Back before went offline, I seem to recall seeing this
listed as a critical bug, as it makes gimp unusable on this platform.
Unfortunately, I don't have a reference number for that bug.

Bug analysis:

Digging around with gdb, I learned that the precipitating error was
actually a SIGILL during the loading of the module
-- in fact, when the modules's module_init function was called.

Eventually I figured out that the _g_module_symbol routine in
glib-1.2.8/gmodule/gmodule-dl.c was getting a bogus address for
module_init from dlsym -- specifically, it was getting the address of
a slot in the gimp executable's .sbss section named module_init,
rather than the module_init defined

Bug workaround:

I experimentally determined that removing the RTLD_GLOBAL flag from
the call to dlopen at line 89 of glib-1.2.8/gmodule/gmodule-dl.c
caused dlsym to start returning a pointer to the correct version of
module_init.  Since earlier comments in the file say that RTLD_GLOBAL
is optional anyhow, this seemed like an acceptable workaround.  (A
real packaging of this would probably want to simply re-define
RTLD_GLOBAL to 0 when configure figures out that the OS is Tru64.)

Just for fun I also played with using RTLD_LOCAL -- the bug occurs
then, too; only leaving both flags out of the dlopen call causes dlsym
to behave properly.  I assume this is a bug in the implementation of
dlopen/dlsym, but I don't have a formal spec to check against to be

As a final note: version 4.0D of this operating system (known then as
Digital UNIX rather than Tru64) doesn't define the RTLD_GLOBAL /
RTLD_LOCAL flags, and it correspondingly doesn't suffer from this

Please feel free to contact me for more information.

jhbrown ai mit edu

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