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* Linux i386 clone(): %ebx 'frobbing' ?
@ 2008-02-15 18:42 Ahmed S. Darwish
  2008-02-15 20:07 ` Andreas Schwab
  0 siblings, 1 reply; 5+ messages in thread
From: Ahmed S. Darwish @ 2008-02-15 18:42 UTC (permalink / raw)
  To: libc-alpha, libc-alpha; +Cc: linux-kernel

Hi all,

In the clone(int (*fn)(void *arg), void *child_stack, ..., void *arg, ...)
Glibc library function defind in sysdeps/unix/sysv/linux/i386/:

`fn' is saved in 8(child_stack), and `arg' is stored in 12(child_stack):

	movl	STACK(%esp),%ecx
	movl	ARG(%esp),%eax		/* no negative argument counts */
	movl	%eax,12(%ecx)		<---

	/* Save the function pointer as the zeroth argument.
	   It will be popped off in the child in the ebx frobbing below.  */
	movl	FUNC(%esp),%eax
	movl	%eax,8(%ecx)		<---

But after the exectuion of `sys_clone' system call, `fn' is 
called in the child thread by the statement 'call *%ebx' as follows:

	int	$0x80
	[...]

	test	%eax,%eax
	jz	L(thread_start)

/* Parent */
L(pseudo_end):
	ret

/* Child */
L(thread_start):
	/* Note: %esi is zero.  */
	movl	%esi,%ebp	/* terminate the stack frame */
	call	*%ebx

I don't understand how the `fn' argument reached the child thread
in the %ebx register. It's said in the comment that `fn' will be
popped to child 'in the ebx frobbing below'. But what does that mean ?

Thanks in advance

-- 
Ahmed S. Darwish
Homepage: http://darwish.07.googlepages.com
Blog: http://darwish-07.blogspot.com


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