RE: strcpy returns NULL pointer and not destination pointer

From: Chen, Kenneth W <>
Date: 2006-05-04 04:08:47
Bob Picco wrote on Wednesday, May 03, 2006 6:38 AM
> The removal of -ffreestanding compiler flag in 2.6.17-rcX (commit id
> 6edfba1b33c701108717f4e036320fc39abe1912) causes strcpy calls 
> with a known size for the source string to be replaced with memcpy which
> is faster.  ia64 memcpy has return values which are unlike stdlibc and
> the other arch memcpy routines examined by me in the kernel.  The ia64 return
> values are 0 for success and number of bytes copied for failure. Thus any
> instance of pointer = strcpy(dest, "some string") has zero assigned to
> pointer.  I detected this when testing kgdb on 2.6.17-rc3.  
> The implementation in memcpy_mck.S doesn't leave a single scratch
> register or predicate. I didn't pursue very long for a solution.

I thought I fixed that about 3 years ago:

Did it fall through the crack?  I'm not sure what's going on.

- Ken
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