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Old 03-08-2005, 08:22 PM   #1
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Location: Windsor, ON, CA
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Problem linking assembly program with C lib.

I am trying to link my simple program to the C library, here is the code:

segment .data
        asdf db "Hello, world!",0
        format db "%s\n",0

segment .text
    global _start
    extern printf

    mov eax,asdf
    push eax
    mov eax,format
    push eax
    call printf

    mov ebx,0
    mov eax,1
    int 0x80
Then I compile and link with:

nasm -f elf example.asm
ld -s -o example example.o -lc
Then when I try to run it:
It tells me:

bash: ./example: No such file or directory

If I omit the printf call, and don't link with the C library (don't include the -lc) then it runs it fine. Can anyone tell me what is wrong?
Old 03-08-2005, 09:44 PM   #2
Registered: Apr 2002
Location: Windsor, ON, CA
Distribution: Ubuntu
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Nevermind, I got it. The C library uses it's own entry point for your program. I guess the C library has to do some stuff first (and some stuff afterwards). It then calls your programs main. So, instead of _start, it's main. And I shouldn't have used linux's exit system call, but just return instead. The C library flushes the buffers and frees the files and whatnot. Example:
extern printf
section .data
        asdf db "Hello, world!",0
        format db "%s",0xa,0

section .text
    global main

    push dword asdf
    push dword format
    call printf
    add esp,8

    xor eax,eax
Then instead of using ld, I just used gcc..

gcc -o new_example new_example.o

Last edited by 95se; 03-08-2005 at 09:47 PM.


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