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Date: Mon, 4 Apr 2022 20:57:34 -0700
From: Michael Forney <>
Cc: Colin Cross <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] dl_iterate_phdr: return empty string for the name
 of the main program

On 2022-04-04, Colin Cross <> wrote:
> The glibc man page for dl_iterate_phdr states:
> The first object visited by callback is the main program.   For  the  main
> program,  the
> dlpi_name field will be an empty string.
> This is relied upon by the LLVM ASAN runtime:
> Without this patch, running a binary that has been instrumented with
> ASAN fails with:
> ==4156919==ASan runtime does not come first in initial library list; you
> should either link runtime to your application or manually preload it with
> Use a constant empty string instead of the DSO name field for the first
> entry in the DSO list.

I believe glibc is the exception here, not musl. When I looked at
this, every other operating system I tried used the program name for
the first object.

I attempted to fix this generically here:

Unfortunately, it seems to have caused some breakage and got reverted,
but I wasn't able to reproduce it and nobody offered any pointers
about how I might go about reproducing it. Any help moving forward
with that would be appreciated.

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