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Offline ben321

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What does this ALink warning mean?
« on: September 25, 2022, 05:12:19 AM »
I built a DOS OBJ file from NASM and am trying to link it into a DOS EXE with ALink. Unfortunately, ALink keeps giving me the warning "Warning - no stack". What does that mean? How do I tell ALink or NASM to make sure that it gives my program a stack?

Offline Frank Kotler

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Re: What does this ALink warning mean?
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2022, 07:04:50 AM »
Been a very long time...
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section stack stack
; the first "stack" is the name, the second the type? RTFM?
resb 100
; or perhaps
times 100 db 0
; whatever works
? something like that?

best,
Frank


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Re: What does this ALink warning mean?
« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2022, 09:09:26 PM »
Been a very long time...
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section stack stack
; the first "stack" is the name, the second the type? RTFM?
resb 100
; or perhaps
times 100 db 0
; whatever works
? something like that?

best,
Frank

Thanks. I didn't know DOS EXEs supported sections like that. I thought that only Windows EXEs supported sections.

Offline Frank Kotler

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Re: What does this ALink warning mean?
« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2022, 10:16:03 PM »
Hi ben321,

I think all output formats except "-f bin"  can use sections (segments). The Friendly Manual is not too much help on this question, but does list known section names for each output format.

After thinking about it, I think "dw" would probably be better than "db" for a 16 bit stack, but either should work.

Best,
Frank