Cannot find entry symbol _start

Feng Wang fengwang.emb at
Fri Jun 8 10:06:25 UTC 2007

Hi, all

I'm a newbie to rtems and want to build toolset for sparc target from
source codes. As rtems 4.6.5 on-line documents say,  I download souce
codes, patch diff files, configure, make and install. All are
successful. But when I used the installed compiler, got a warning
"cannot find entry symbol _start" and link error "undefined reference
to `_exit'"

Do I miss something?

My host platform is Red Hat Linux release 9 (Shrike) Kernel 2.4.20-8
on an i686. Host compiler is gcc version 3.2.2 20030222 (Red Hat Linux

I installed the toolset to /opt/rtems-4.6. An example is followed.

Any help will be appreciated. TIA.

[wf at WFPC wf]$ cat a.c
#include <stdio.h>
#include <stdlib.h>

main ()
 printf("Hello world\n");
 exit (0);
 return 0;

[wf at WFPC wf]$ /opt/rtems-4.6/bin/sparc-rtems-gcc  a.c
warning: cannot find entry symbol _start; defaulting to 00010074
In function `exit':
undefined reference to `_exit'
collect2: ld returned 1 exit status
[wf at WFPC wf]$ /opt/rtems-4.6/bin/sparc-rtems-gcc -v
Reading specs from /opt/rtems-4.6/lib/gcc-lib/sparc-rtems/3.2.3/specs
Configured with: ../gcc-3.2.3/configure --build=i686-pc-linux-gnu
--host=i686-pc-linux-gnu --target=sparc-rtems --with-gnu-as
--with-gnu-ld --with-newlib --verbose --with-system-zlib --disable-nls
--enable-version-specific-runtime-libs --enable-threads=rtems
--prefix=/opt/rtems-4.6 --enable-languages=c
Thread model: rtems
gcc version 3.2.3

Best Regards,
Feng Wang

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