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Monday, August 08, 2005
 
Sun Studio 9: RR or GA?

The other day I was trying to build a large enterprise application with Sun Studio 9 C/C++ compilers and with profile feedback optimization. For some reason, iropt (code optimizer) failed with the error: compiler(iropt) error: heap_free: misaligned argument(0x666f2a3e). As a first step to see if this is a bug, I thought of installing SS9's backend patch 115983-04; but surprisingly the patch installer refused to install the patch. Even though it doesn't make any sense, I tried to install the patch 115983-01, before installing 115983-04, with no luck. Then I tried to install the packages, that are bundled with the patch, manually; even this attempt failed, as if there is no Sun Studio 9 compiler installed on the system.

Later I realized that I've installed RR (Revenue Release) version of Sun Studio 9, almost an year back. And since GA (General Availability) version was released some time after RR was released, I just want to give it a shot with the hope that this problem was fixed in GA bits. So, I 've uninstalled the RR version, and installed the GA copy that I downloaded from Sun Microsystems web site. The same serial# works for both RR & GA. This time I was able to install the patch 115983-04, without any issues; and iropt's error was gone too.

Moral of the story:
[Generic] Install the latest compilers and keep it up-to-date with all compiler patches from sunsolve.

[Specific to the current problem] Install GA copy of Sun Studio 9 compiler collection. If you have RR copy, you may not be able to patch it.

(Just for the records)
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Comments:
Customers are not supposed to haveto worry about the differences between the RR (non-localized) and the GA (full localization) releases. This was a SNAFU when we built the GA release. Something got tweaked, and two package images that should have been "the same" now registered as different packages.

There was no way to make one patch patch both the RR and the GA version of the same package. We had to re-cut some patches and tell people with RR to reinstall with GA if they have problems with patches.

Trust us. It won't happen again. We usually find fresh interesting ways to mess things up ;-), and hopefully we don't do that too often.
 
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