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Forum: ARM programming with GCC/GNU tools arm-none-eabi-gcc displaces zero-valued .data into .bss


Author: James C. (jamesc)
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I'm using a fairly current yargarto on a slightly older MacOS.  Specific 
details should be extractable from output.sh.

As I understand the distinction between linker sections .data and .bss:
- initialised data goes in .data
- uninitialised data goes in .bss
- data that goes in .bss is not guaranteed to be zero-valued

I think that my test shows that this version of gcc is putting:
- non-zero valued data in .data
- zero-valued data in .bss

Do people think that this is a fault?

Author: Jörg Wunsch (dl8dtl) (Moderator)
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James C. wrote:

> - data that goes in .bss is not guaranteed to be zero-valued

No.  Data in .bss are supposed to be zeroed out at startup by the
run-time startup code.  .data is meant for data being initialized
to non-zero values.  On microcontrollers, this is typically done
by copying over their initial values from flash (again, by the
run-time startup code).

Author: James C. (jamesc)
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Ok; thanks.  Time to write more startup code :-)

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