Subject: Re: 1.6.1 lack of stability on cats
To: Ignatios Souvatzis <>
From: Richard Earnshaw <>
List: port-arm
Date: 02/14/2003 00:56:09
> I managed to build teTeX without problems last night, but when I ran xdvi 
> this morning on a sample I had lying aroung it crashed repeatably.
> A repeatable crash sounds like a different bug however, so I'll look into 
> that one further tonight.

I've traced this down to one source file in metafont.  Although I haven't 
got to the bottom of the problem, if I compile that file with 
-mcpu=strongarm then the problem goes away.  My suspicion is that this is 
a compiler fault somewhere in the handling of half-word types when 
avoiding alignment traps (there's no need to do that when there are 
half-word memory instructions.

So I'm now fairly happy that backing out ticket 712 is the right thing to