BBB/AM335x: isspace() results in data abort exception in strtol() in strtol.c and strtoul() in strtoul.c

Ed Sutter ed.sutter at
Mon Jun 22 13:54:21 UTC 2015

On 6/22/2015 8:28 AM, Chris Johns wrote:
> On 22/06/2015 2:16 pm, Jarielle Catbagan wrote:
>> On Sun, Jun 21, 2015 at 4:47 PM, Chris Johns <chrisj at> wrote:
>>> On 22/06/2015 2:27 am, Jarielle Catbagan wrote:
>>>> I was testing the "help", "dm" and "pm" commands on the Umon command
>>>> line and they resulted in what appears to cause the program to hang.
>>>> I captured the result and it can be found here
>>>> After doing some debugging, I was able to pinpoint the location that
>>>> results in a halt in program execution.  It hangs when isspace() is
>>>> executed in strtol() in strtol.c.
>>> Where do the libc functions come from ? What is the linker command line ?
>> isspace() seems to be pulled in just fine from
>> /usr/arm-none-eabi/include, because removing <ctype.h> from strtol.c
>> results in an undefined reference to isspace().
> My concern is the multilibs and what is needed by umon and what is
> needed by RTEMS. For example on the Zynq I build the Xilinx bootloader
> code for ARM in thumb mode while Xilinx do not (I know because I needed
> to fix it). I actually use the same flags I use for RTEMS.
> With umon having the ability to integrate with RTEMS the need to match
> the ABI is important.
>>>> Whenever Umon is built, there are two important images built.
>>>> boot.bin and boot.elf.  boot.bin is a raw image and is the image that
>>>> is booted on the BBB.  I wanted to see how the image was assembled,
>>>> and so I ran "arm-none-eabi-objdump -S boot.elf".  I am focusing on
>>>                  ^^^^^^^^^^^^^
>>> What tool set is being used ?
>> I am using arm-none-eabi-gcc 4.9.2 and binutils 2.25.0.
> Where did you get this compiler from ? Who built it ?
> How do we track what is needed by users ? I for one cannot contribute
> because I do not have this compiler.
> Why not use the RTEMS compiler ?
> It may mean we need to tell gcc not to use stand includes or libs which
> means we need to include the bits of libc used by umon in the umon
> package but I feel this is ok.
> Chris
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Yea this is a good point.
I have not been using the RTEMS compiler thus far.  I just used the
arm cross compiler that can be directly installed with apt-get on
ubuntu 14.04.  I don't think it will solve any of the immediate problems,
nevertheless, we should transition to the same toolset.

Ed Sutter
Alcatel-Lucent Technologies -- Bell Laboratories
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