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i386 bsp issues

This time I'll answer my own question, and pose another.

On Thu, 2 Aug 2001 lange92 at 2067.resnet.uni.edu wrote:

> /users/lange92/illinoiscentral/rtems-4.5.0-gnat-3.12p-gcc-2.8.1-i386-rtemscoff/bin/i386-rtemscoff-gcc --pipe -B../../../../../../../../pc386/lib/ -specs bsp_specs -qrtems -g -Wall -ansi -fasm        -c  -O4 -o o-optimize/bspstart.o ../../../../../../../../../rtems-4.5.0/c/src/lib/libbsp/i386/pc386/startup/bspstart.c
> ../../../../../../../../../rtems-4.5.0/c/src/lib/libbsp/i386/pc386/startup/bspstart.c:215: warning: alias definitions not supported in this configuration; ignored

Turns out the "alias" attribute is not supported in COFF binaries, but is
supported in ELF, according to the documentation on gnu.gcc.org in the
section about attributes for functions.

My simple recourse was to refer back to rtems-4.0.0 and do a diff on the
bspstart.c files from the two versions of RTEMS, and then simply rename
the function bsp_start_default to bsp_start instead of using the
alias--just like in 4.0. As a result, `make all' finally succeeded.

So my next question is, what sort of side effects should I expect from
that change? I would imagine the difference would be the same as going
from 4.0 to 4.5 otherwise, at least in regards to this particular
function.. Any ideas, from anyone who's used both versions and had a need
to use a different bsp_start?