[Haskell-cafe] ghci and TH cannot: unknown symbol `stat64`

Tristan Ravitch travitch at cs.wisc.edu
Thu Jul 12 18:07:05 CEST 2012

On Thu, Jul 12, 2012 at 06:29:41PM +0300, Michael Snoyman wrote:
> I've come up with a minimal example that demonstrates this problem. The
> crux of the matter is the following C code:
>     #include <sys/types.h>
>     #include <sys/stat.h>
>     #include <unistd.h>
>     #include <stdio.h>
>     typedef int stat_func(const char*, struct stat*);
>     stat_func *foo = &stat;
>     void stat_test(void)
>     {
>     struct stat buf;
>     printf("About to stat-test.c\n");
>     foo("stat-test.c", &buf);
>     printf("Done\n");
>     }
> As you can see, all of the include statements are present as necessary. The
> code compiles just fine with -Wall -Werror. And when you compile the
> Haskell code as well, everything works just fine. But if you follow these
> steps, you can reproduce the error I saw:
> * Unpack the attached tarball
> * `cabal install` in that folder
> * `runghc main.hs` from the `exe` folder
> On my system at least, I get:
>     main.hs:
> /home/ubuntu/.cabal/lib/stat-test-
> unknown symbol `stat'
>     main.hs: main.hs: unable to load package `stat-test-'
> One thing I noticed is that I needed to use a function pointer to trigger
> the bug. When I called `stat` directly the in stat_test function, gcc
> automatically inlined the call, so that the disassessmbled code just showed
> a `moveq` (i.e., it's making the system call directly). But using a
> function pointer, we're avoiding the inlining. I believe this is why this
> issue only came up with the sqlite3 upgrade: previous versions did not use
> a function pointer, but rather hard-coded in how to make a stat call.
> Does this expose any other possibilities?
> Michael

Are you trying this on a 32 bit system?  And when you compiled that C
program, did you try to add


to the compile command?  When I define those the resulting object file
from your example correctly references stat64 instead of stat.
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