[riot-devel] RIOT and static initializers in C++

Ludwig Ortmann ludwig.ortmann at fu-berlin.de
Sat Sep 27 14:27:35 CEST 2014

Hi Joakim,

Although I like the  simplicity of this approach, I'd prefer a solution where one does not have to remember that main isn't called main in the emulator (eg in gdb).

Cheers, Ludwig

Am 27. September 2014 09:53:36 MESZ, schrieb Joakim Gebart <joakim.gebart at eistec.se>:
>I have in a different project used objcopy to rename the main function
>of the actual application to something else, in order to run a test
>harness setup main before the actual program starts. Using this method
>it is not necessary to implement your own C library initialization and
>C++ constructors are executed as expected.
>Example command line:
>objcopy --redefine-sym main=app_main main.o main2.o
>Best regards,
>On Fri, Sep 26, 2014 at 11:56 PM, Ryan Kurte <ryankurte at gmail.com>
>> I was just reading and wondering, would it be easier just to drop
>main as
>> the application name?
>> So long as it is well documented it shouldn't make a huge difference
>to the
>> user.
>> And that way the toolchain should take care of all the initialization
>> needs to.
>> Cheers,
>> Ryan
>> On Sep 23, 2014 6:24 AM, "Ludwig Ortmann"
><ludwig.ortmann at fu-berlin.de>
>> wrote:
>>> Hi pekka,
>>> On 22. September 2014 19:56:04 MESZ, Pekka Nikander
>>> <pekka.nikander at iki.fi> wrote:
>>> >>>>>  __attribute__((constructor)) static void startup(int argc,
>>> >**argv)
>>> >
>>> >This is probably a stupid question, but why in the first place are
>>> >declaring startup as a constructor? As there are no guarantees
>>> >priorities) in which order the constructors are called, that is
>>> >somewhat unsafe.
>>> Because it worked when I first tried it, because I did not know too
>>> about the initialization process, and:
>>> >But then, of course, you have to take care of explicitly
>>> >anything else that your native runtimes require, that differs
>>> >between Linux, FreeBSD and OSX, and requires some work.
>>> .. this, after I dug a bit deeper ;)
>>> And finally, because this assumption does not hold:
>>> >If you want to take care of all initialisations yourself,
>>> Really, all this is just to allow "main" as the user application
>name, so
>>> I didn't want to add unnecessary complexity.
>>> Cheers, Ludwig
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