var args - (nf)

ggr at pyuxbb.UUCP ggr at pyuxbb.UUCP
Fri Nov 4 08:37:34 AEST 1983

  > Re: S-1 upward growing stack.
  > (Of course, this depends on your hardware cooperating.)  The way I would
  > solve the problem would be to have the frame pointer point to  the first
  > argument (or, perhaps, to the word above the first argument), so that args
  > would be at (constant) negative offsets form the frame pointer, and local
  > vars would be at positive offsets.  Then you don't have a problem with
  > getting the wrong arg when called with the wrong number of them.
  > =Spencer

Yes, I can testify that this scheme works fine.  I used negative offsets
for arguments in the Data General Nova/Eclipse C compiler I wrote,
since their hardware stacks also grew upward.

With appropriate modification of /usr/include/varargs.h, functions that
expect a variable number of arguments (and use varargs, of course)
will even work with this "unconventional" stack structure.

			=== Guy Riddle == AT&T Bell Laboratories, Piscataway ===

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