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Date: Mon, 11 Jan 2021 13:13:44 -0500
From: Rich Felker <>
To: Sagar Tiwari <>
Subject: Re: printf segfaults on recent musl versions

On Mon, Jan 11, 2021 at 10:31:21PM +0530, Sagar Tiwari wrote:
> Hi,
> Apologies if this isn't a support forum for musl. I couldn't find any
> such portal online.
> I'm trying to compile a program with musl libc. Dynamically linked
> version of this program works fine, but the statically linked version
> segfaults whenever `printf` is invoked. This is how a debugging
> session looks like:
> <pre>
> $ gdb out/sm
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> License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later <>
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> Type "show copying" and "show warranty" for details.
> This GDB was configured as "x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu".
> Type "show configuration" for configuration details.
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> <>.
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> For help, type "help".
> Type "apropos word" to search for commands related to "word"...
> Reading symbols from out/sm...
> (gdb) b printf
> Breakpoint 1 at 0x100ac: file src/stdio/printf.c, line 5.
> (gdb) r
> Starting program: /home/fctorial/src/pgs/c/out/sm
> Breakpoint 1, printf (fmt=0x1004f <msg1> "hello world from printf\n")
> at src/stdio/printf.c:5
> 5       {
> (gdb) n
> Program received signal SIGSEGV, Segmentation fault.
> 0x000000000001010a in printf (fmt=0x1004f <msg1> "hello world from
> printf\n") at src/stdio/printf.c:5
> 5       {
> (gdb) quit
> A debugging session is active.
>         Inferior 1 [process 25984] will be killed.
> Quit anyway? (y or n) EOF [assumed Y]
> </pre>
> This issue appears when linking with recent musl versions (within an
> year). 1.0.0 doesn't have this issue. I can call other functions like
> 'rand', 'strlen' without any issue. `printf` and `puts` are
> segfaulting.

Can you elaborate on how you compiled/linked (using musl-gcc wrapper?
mcm-built or distro-provided toolchain or one you built yourself?

Judging from the very low address in gdb output, my guess is that you
have a broken toolchain that's trying to link static pie without using
the right link options or start files.


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