Re: The generated binary code has different main?

From: Jonathon Giffin (
Date: 09/05/02

Date: Wed, 4 Sep 2002 17:14:24 -0500 (CDT)
From: Jonathon Giffin <>
To: Minchu Mo <>

Here's my understanding...

When using register windows in SPARC, six registers, %o0 to %o5, are
provided for argument passing. The called procedure, here "main",
accesses these registers as %i0 to %i5. (Further arguments are passed via
the stack). All that you are seeing are the values of the six argument
registers. The first three values, the values in %i0, %i1, and %i2, are
as you described. The remaining three values carry no particular
meaning and are just whatever values happen to be in the registers %i3 to

The function main is called by _start, and the registers %o3 to %o5 are
not initialized to any particular values. You should not expect these
values to contain any meaningful data. The value you see in %i3 (the
fourth argument) may just be a temporary value _start generated as it was
calculating the values to put in the %o0, %o1, and %o2.


On 4 Sep 2002, Minchu Mo wrote:

> I used cc compiler to compile a simple c code under solaris /sparc. The c
> code has main(int argc, char* argv[]) function as entry point as everybody
> knows.
> But when I run the generated code under adb, I found the main function
> under adb look like this:
> main(2,ffbefd0c,ffbefd18,20800,0,0)
> I know that:
> 2 is the number of arguments,
> ffbefd0c is *argv
> ffbefd18 is *envp,
> but what are 20800 and 0, 0 for?
> Anybody knows? Thanks