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Date: Mon, 30 Jul 2012 00:21:17 -0400
From: Rich Felker <>
Subject: Re: bootstrap-linux patches for cross compilation to arm

On Mon, Jul 30, 2012 at 11:14:46AM +1000, James Bond wrote:
> > This is stupid; there's no reason for the division to raise signals or
> > generate exceptions. Integer division by zero results in undefined
> >  [...]
> Agreed.
> A few people have been hit by this problem, I found at least two here:
> - earlier problem (2009) with proposed hack
> - more recent problem (2012) with proposed patches
> The patch involves disabling exception in libgcc's libunwind. However I'm
> not qualified to judge the correctness or suitability of these patches for
> general purpose as they are targetting bare metal, while for our case we
> are targetting musl.

The patch seems correct or at least suitable as a workaround. It looks
like this is a bug in gcc's code generation for arm; with exceptions
enabled, it seems to be generating code to throw an exception for
division by zero. There's no reason this should be done; integer
division by zero is UB not an exception you can catch and handle (even
in C++).


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