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Date: Fri, 16 Nov 2018 16:38:45 -0500
From: Rich Felker <>
To:, Paul Sykes <>
Subject: Re: optopt in getopt not being set, only when building with

On Fri, Nov 16, 2018 at 10:11:00PM +0100, Szabolcs Nagy wrote:
> * Paul Sykes <> [2018-11-16 17:54:23 +0800]:
> > On my OpenWrt builds I found that the optopt variable was never set
> > when calling the function getopt. I tested the same code on my desktop
> > using the gcc wrapper and optopt was set as expected.
> > 
> > Debugging showed that optopt was being set correctly in getopt.c
> > however the variable was not being set in my calling code.
> > 
> > Adding optopt to the file 'dynamic.list' resolved the issue when
> > building with OpenWrt. I noticed that all the other extern variables
> > for getopt appear in dynamic.list except optopt.

Yes, this is exactly right. It seems to have been an oversight. I'll
push a fix for inclusion in 1.1.21, and distros using 1.1.20 should
apply it since this is a notable regression. However,

> yeah the dynamic list entry is needed so the address of the
> object internally in the libc is the same as in the main
> executable in case of copy relocation (only matters for
> dynamic linked executables and pie executable may work
> since that does not require copy relocs).
> all targets with copy relocs are affected, but only musl
> version 1.1.20 has the problem i think.

On distros using default-pie, the impact might be low, depending on
arch, gcc version, and CFLAGS. There's never a *need* to use copy
relocations with pie, and at one point gcc never did, but I think with
current tooling it's more complicated whether copy relocations get
used or not.


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