Fixing the glibc adobe flash incompatibility

Peter Jones pjones at
Thu Nov 18 20:00:39 UTC 2010

On 11/17/2010 11:39 PM, Chris Adams wrote:
> Once upon a time, Matthew Garrett <mjg59 at> said:
>> On Wed, Nov 17, 2010 at 10:30:00PM -0600, Chris Adams wrote:
>>> How is that relevant?  If the behavior changes on only some
>>> architectures, then it is okay?
>> If it's broken on non-x86 already then there haven't been "years of 'it 
>> just works'".
> It doesn't change the fact that glibc changed behavior on some CPUs
> (which is also going to make tracking down memcpy bugs highly
> irritating, since the behavior will be different depending on the CPU).
> Any normal person writing code is going to write a memcpy that copies
> up, whether a simple C loop or optimized assembly, so I really doubt
> you'll find lots of architectures that are widely used in the Unix world
> where people use the memcpy routine in the standard C library that does
> something different.

If you code it to copy up instead of down, then it just means you've opted
to misbehave in the /other/ overlap case instead of this one.  There's no
winning to be had here.


When in doubt, debug-on-entry the function you least suspect has
anything to do with something.

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