Unknown compile error message in Xcode

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  1. SAEinSDSU macrumors newbie

    Feb 17, 2010
    Hello I am writing some simple c/assembly programs for my college course and have run into an unknown compile error using Xcode to build and run. It builds successfully but says "GDB: program received signal: 'EXC_BAD_ACCESS'" I am not sure what that means...maybe i am returning a wrong value from my assembly function? to the main C program...any debug help would be much appreciated.

    Here is my C main funciton and Assembly _isOdd(function to tell whether number is odd or even).
    int extern _AisOdd;
    int main(void) {
    	int k; 
    	k = AisOdd(5); 
    	k = AisOdd(6); 
    	return EXIT_SUCCESS;
    .globl _AisOdd
    //push base pointer of the calling function
    		pushl	%ebp
    		movl	%esp, %ebp
    		movl	$1, 12(%ebp)		//declare int variable t = 1
    		movl	8(%ebp), %eax		//declare int variable x
    		movl	%eax, %ebx
    		sarl	$1, %ebx			
    		movl	%ebx, %ecx
    		sall	$1,	%ecx
    		cmpl	%ecx, %eax
    		JNE		leave
    		movl	$0, 12(%ebp)
    		popl	%ebp
    P.S. using i386 architecture. Thanks so much
  2. chown33 macrumors 604

    Aug 9, 2009
    Sailing beyond the sunset
    That's not a compile error. The program is GDB, which is the debugger. In the sequence of Build and Run, the error is occurring at Run, not Build.
  3. gnasher729 macrumors P6


    Nov 25, 2005
    1. You are defining an extern variable named "_AIsOdd" of type int, not a function named "AIsOdd" taking an int argument of type int and returning int. Your compiler should give you a warning, but that is not the problem.

    2. Do some "cheating": Write a function just that the one you want, but in C. Put it into its own file. Change XCode to "Release" settings and "Show Assembly Code" in the Build menu. Compare with your code.

    3. After the push ebp / move ebp,esp, what does the stack frame of your function look like?

    0(esp) ->
    4(esp) ->
    8(esp) ->

    and the one that is killing you:

    12(esp) -> ?????????
  4. noexcuse4you macrumors newbie

    Feb 25, 2010
    Ha! I think we're in the same class.

    Anyway, I think the problem might be that you're not putting "1" or "0" in the eax register before leaving the function. It has to be in the eax register to be passed on to the main function.

    Have you figured out how to step into your assembly code with Xcode? I can't figure it out. It'll step into the compiler generated assembly just fine, but when it reaches the function, it'll call to the function and then not step into it. I can't figure it out so I have to debug by trial and error.

    Hope this helps

    Edit: After working on the assignment for a while I've encountered this error a few times. It happens when you are reading or writing to an invalid part of the memory. For example, in your code, you are writing the return value to 12(%ebp) in an attempt to return it to the main function. You can't pass arguments this way. It has to go through %eax.

    I think I've got this whole assembly business down!

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