[U-Boot-Users] Why are some global vars part of the image, and some not?
Jerry Van Baren
gerald.vanbaren at smiths-aerospace.com
Mon Nov 6 19:48:19 CET 2006
Timur Tabi wrote:
> Jerry Van Baren wrote:
>> You don't understand, u-boot _is_ what zeros bss so, until u-boot is
>> running enough to zero bss, bss will be random garbage.
> If BSS were merged into the DATA segment, then the compiler would be the
> one that zeros BSS. Basically, BSS would go away, and all global
> variables (static or otherwise) would be placed into DATA. They would
> be initialized to zeros by the compiler, and when the image is burned
> into flash, that image would have zeros in those memory locations.
> This would also allow us to delete the BSS-initialization code in U-Boot.
> I'm not advocating that we should implement this idea. I just wanted to
> clarify things.
In theory, yes. In practice, I have my doubts that it is workable, let
alone a better way. Writing "then the compiler would be the one that
zeros BSS" is easy, actually making it work may be tricky. IMHO, there
are more profitable windmills to tilt. :-)
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