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C++ in Kernel Land

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I just fixed a tricky bug in the Kernel. The hardest thing is not setting up the complier, but rather, the language, itself.

There are alot of C++ constructs that require the runtime to work with. Not defining these constructs will lead to errors and triple faults. A few examples are as follows:

  • Exception handling requires runtime support to handle uncaught exceptions;
  • C++ new and delete operators rely on an existing memory manager;
  • All global ctors and dtors must be initialized by the runtime library;
  • Initil stack frame that which calls main();
  • RTTI requires runtime support, this includes keywords such as typeid;

    There are more then this. Because we cannot use the runtime, WE have to do all of this ourselves.

    The bug that I just fixed was none of the above. It was when I found out that global and static variables failed to initialize. That is, this would work:

    void foo () {

    int i=0; // i==0

    This did NOT work:

    void foo () {

    static int i=0; // i==???

    The solution was that, in C++, global and static variables--That are initialized, but never modified, gets placed inside another section within the PE executable--.edata.

    This section, however DID exist. The primary problem is that of Memory misalignment, where the code would reference a memory location based off of the wrong base address.

    After setting the initil base address, everything worked just fine.

    Notice that, in the high level (C++ level), this has NOTHING to do with static and global variables.

    This is an example of me stating that While we are working with C++, we are still working in a low level envirement!


    Next tutorial started

    The next tutorial has started. It will cover:

  • Setting the build envirement (Setting up MSVC++ 2005) for Kernel land
  • A simple (But basic) way of loading and executing the Kernel's program main entry point from Stage 2. I will go over the PE file format, but not in alot of detail here--We will do that inside of the Task Manager.
  • Setting up C++ to work (At a basic level, as there are some things that C++ requires that we simply cannot handle yet--such as new/delete)

    Guess thats all for now...[looksaround]
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