pascal strings in the gnu assembler
steven.borley at virgin.net
Mon May 5 12:31:59 CEST 2008
Hope this is not considered too off-topic as it about the gnu assemble
(gnu-as). I beg forgiveness on grounds that's its Pascal related.
In my assembly code I'm trying to place string constants in memory
(length byte followed by ASCII string with no trailing zero byte)
The following is failing with "Error: illegal relocation size: 1"
FOO: .byte ((BAR - . - 2) & 0x7F) ; calculate length
BAR: .word 0x1234 ; dummy for this example
I could just hard code the length, except I eventually want this as
macro as I have several hundred strings. And unfortunately this part
of the code has to be in assembler, for various reasons.
I assume the error is because ((BAR - . - 2) & 0x7F) resolves to a two
byte type even although we can see its value would always fit within a
It didn't seem a particularly unusually thing to want to do so I'm
hoping someone can point me in the right direction with this.
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