dimanche, décembre 13, 2015


I am stuck with bugs in the two approaches I planned to use to allow shop-for-bonus in-between levels. Kind of bugs that are difficult to track with regular debugging, and that may even crash the emulator or the debugger itself.

http://problemkaputt.de/gbatek.htmSo it's time for me to start doing more professional testing on my code base, dropping rendering and things alike so that I have more control on memor allocation and objects lifecycle. For that I need that access to NDS registers can still be performed although it will be a regular x86 program running under linux. I thought I could use a custom linker map to force the declaration of a regular area where the registers are expected, which you use with -T linker-script-file. But being sure that all of C++ sections will remain in place might be harder than creating a custom layout for an operating system kernel.

http://sourceforge.net/p/dsgametools/hg/ci/c3d54a0c1b14173735513f8227cdd2f8f93d6645/Hopefully, the memory map is somewhat compatible with the default locations for a 32-bit linux process. A few mmap calls and I can have valid read/write memory mapped at the place where NDS registers are expected. That should be all I need.

I will need to track what memory area are still alive after the end of a level, to know whether some could still reference dead objects and lead to memory corruption. I'll need too, to know who allocated such block so that I can understand their nature and purpose. I remember of Tim Robinson explaining how he embedded a call trace leading to *alloc. I'll try and do the same. It's not quite completely working at the moment.

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