APR and 32-bit/64-bit universal binary compilation

When compiling APR, the Apache Portable Runtime 1.3.3 (as a part of Subversion 1.5.3 as I am doing here, or not) on OS X 10.5 Leopard, you may encounter the following error at compile time.

/bin/sh /tmp/subversion-1.5.3/apr/libtool --silent --mode=compile gcc-4.2 -Os -arch i386 -arch x86_64 -DHAVE_CONFIG_H -DDARWIN -DSIGPROCMASK_SETS_THREAD_MASK -no-cpp-precomp -I./include -I/tmp/subversion-1.5.3/apr/include/arch/unix -I./include/arch/unix -I/tmp/subversion-1.5.3/apr/include/arch/unix -I/tmp/subversion-1.5.3/apr/include -o strings/apr_snprintf.lo -c strings/apr_snprintf.c && touch strings/apr_snprintf.lo
strings/apr_snprintf.c: In function ‘conv_os_thread_t’:
strings/apr_snprintf.c:500: error: duplicate case value
strings/apr_snprintf.c:498: error: previously used here
strings/apr_snprintf.c: In function ‘conv_os_thread_t_hex’:
strings/apr_snprintf.c:671: error: duplicate case value
strings/apr_snprintf.c:669: error: previously used here

This will most likely happen when you are configured to build a dual 32-bit / 64-bit universal binary, whether it be ppc / ppc64, or i386 / x86_64, or any permutation thereof. This ticket over at MacPorts documents a particular instance of this problem, with no apparent solution.

The symptom is easy to explain. Somehow, two case labels in the relevant switch statement in strings/apr_snprintf.c:500:

switch(sizeof(u.tid)) {
    case sizeof(apr_int32_t):
        return conv_10(u.u32, TRUE, &is_negative, buf_end, len);
    case sizeof(apr_int64_t):
        return conv_10_quad(u.u64, TRUE, &is_negative, buf_end, len);
        /* not implemented; stick 0 in the buffer */
        return conv_10(0, TRUE, &is_negative, buf_end, len);

have evaluated to the same value. In particular, it believes that sizeof(apr_int32_t) and sizeof(apr_int64_t) are the same value. As we all know in C, you cannot have two identical case labels in the same switch statement. However, the root of the problem is a bit more subtle.

In $SRCDIR/include/apr.h, you’re likely to see this fragment of code.

typedef  long       apr_int64_t;
typedef  unsigned long  apr_uint64_t;

Notice that it has typdef’ed apr_int64_t as a long and apr_uint64_t as unsigned long. This is because at configure time, the script detected that long values are 64-bit on this system, so it assigned the apache 64-bit types to longs. However, this only holds true for half of the compilation – because you are building a universal binary for a 32-bit architecture as well. Remember that in 32-bit GCC on OS X, longs are 32-bit rather than 64-bit. Your run-of-the-mill autoconf script, done by a non-OS X programmer, isn’t going to be able to detect this subtlety – if the 64-bit part worked, it’ll keep thinking longs are 64-bit, end of story – and happily generate the incorrect typedef expressions. When you apply sizeof to these types in apr_snprintf.c, both evaluate to 4 bytes under 32-bit compilation, thus blowing up the compile run.

To truly fix the root of the problem requires rewriting the autoconf script to detect Mac OS X and its universal binary building, which can potentially throw quadruple architectures at the same compilation script. However, a quick hack to make this particular problem go away is to change apr.h such that:

typedef  long long       apr_int64_t;
typedef  unsigned long long apr_uint64_t;

Now that we ensure in either 32-bit or 64-bit compilation, apr_int64_t and apr_uint64_t are always typedef’ed to appropriate, guaranteed 64-bit types. The compilation of APR (and Subversion) will proceed normally.

Note that long long is not an standard C type. As a GCC extension, this fix is a kludge. A kludge that works (for me), though.

There may also be an issue with sizeof definitions that may cause the library to crash. In particular, there may be occurrences of


that were generated by configure. To fix this, you will need to remove the define and have the compiler check for 64-bit at compile-time:

#ifndef __LP64__
    #define APR_SIZEOF_VOIDP 4
    #define APR_SIZEOF_VOIDP 8

In general, any predefined sizeofs need to be changed. I am not sure why the APR developers do hard-coded defines like this, given that the point of having sizeof() calls is to avoid such issues.


    • That would probably work too. I just took the easiest way out ( adding 4 characters to the typedef line). You’ll probably still have to use ifdef __LP64__ for the APR_SIZEOF_VOIDP #define — I think that’s just generated based on the configure script.

      I haven’t compiled these libs in a while. Surely the latest version handles this issue.

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