Consider the following code:
0x100 cmp %g5, 3
0x104 be 0x200
0x108 b 0x300
I believe this is what is described on page 55 of the sparc v8 manual as
unpredictable behavior, where a Bicc precedes an unconditional branch.
QEMU actually crashes unless run in GDB. Single stepping will actually have a
successful compare of %g5==3 executing from 0x300.
Without GDB, qemu crashes with unaligned access at address 2 (JUMP_PC) on the
I understand that this may be "bad code" and may be "unpredictable" but I
don't think QEMU crashing is an acceptable case. :)
I am not a SPARC expert at all (only started looking at sparc assembly
yesterday, in fact) so I am not trying to say what the correct behavior it. It
appears that the be should be a be,a, but is not. This may be a compiler bug
in what was used to compile this code.
It seems that our board (real hardware) will run at 0x200 and ignore the
branch. I am attempting to modify translate.c to do just that to see how
If anyone else has any ideas, please chime in.
Thanks to you all for what you do.