Channeling John Ehrman

In the last post I suggested we take the challenge that John Ehrman posed in problem 41.7.1 of his well-known and used assembler book:

Programming Problem 41.3.(3)+ Write a program with a program interruption exit that generates each of the 15 possible interruption types in turn. For each interruption, generate a message describing the interruption type and the address of the interrupted instruction. Then, return to the mainline program to generate the next interruption.

David Staudacher contributed a number of interesting ways to abend, but I especially liked BCTR R15,R15 for a protection exception. Melvyn Maltz had some interesting comments about the whole issue and suggested he gets S0C5s whenever he uses a bad index into a branch table. You can see all their contributions in the comments on the last article.

I was surprised (after posting) to discover that John himself had already weighed in on this challenge in the Solutions part of his book. Here is what he published (page 1275 of his book):

41.7.1. Some possible but unverified instruction sequences are:

(01)  DC H’0′ Invalid operation

(02)   LPSW 0,8(0,0) Privileged operation

(03)  EX 0,* Execute

(04)  MVI 0,0 Protection

(05)  LGHI 1,-1

IC 1,0(,1) Addressing

(06)   DC X’1D11′ DR 1,1: Specification

(07)  AP *,* Decimal Data

(08)  LA 1,1

SLA 1,33 Fixed-point overflow

(09)   SRDL 0,63

DR 0,0 Fixed-point divide

(0A)   AP A,A Decimal Overflow

A DC P’6′

(0B)   DP A,=P’0′ Decimal Divide

(0C)   LE 0,=E’1E72′ Exponent overflow

MER 0,0

(0D)  LE 0,=E’1E-72′ Exponent underflow

MER 0,0

(0E) LE 0,=X’41000001′ Significance

SU 0,=X’41000001′

(0F)  LE 0,=E’1′ Floating-pointdivide

D 0,=E’0′

I tried running the code above and found an assembly error on (02). John said the code suggestions were unverified! Still he was on the right track. LPSW is a type S instruction and expects a simple base/displacement address, so LPSW 0(8) will generate the error he intended.

You can also get away with SLA 1,32 on (08), but that’s nit-picking.

The only problem in the list was his suggestion for (05) which generated an S0C6 for me instead of the S0C5 we require.

So how do we get a S0C5 exception to occur? I’ve tried a number of bad branches – protection errors every one. After reading the Principles of Operation, I’m wondering if a garden-variety programmer can easily get a S0C5? I hope one of you will prove me wrong. Send me the code that generates a S0C5!

2 thoughts on “Channeling John Ehrman”

  1. Hi there,

    Like David, I also had a good go at generating a S0C5 in PP-mode and failed, and I’m very good at writing Assembler programs that abend 🙂

    So I posted it on the Assembler Forum… Because virtual storage is much more tightly controlled now than in the MVS days you cannot gain access to non-allocated storage Depending on what you do will result in S0C4 or S0C6

    The only way to get a S0C5 is to use the ABEND macro, which is sort of cheating !

    There are some extreme ways of getting a S0C5 1) Using the LURA instruction, for this you’ll need APF-auth and Supervisor state

    2) Accessing a dataspace invalid address in AR-mode

    I mentioned in my previous post that I get a lot of S0C5s during z390 software development, this is because z390 is not an Operating System so effectively all storage is real and all invalid addresses give S0C5

    Melvyn Maltz.

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