powerpc-apple-darwin8-gcc-4.0.0 (GCC) 4.0.0 20041026 (Apple Computer, Inc. build 4061)
The following version is OK:
powerpc-apple-darwin8-gcc-4.0.0 (GCC) 4.0.0 (Apple Computer, Inc. build 5026)
Thanks to Robbert van Dalen for first noticing this issue. Unfortunately there is no workaround. You have to upgrade your gcc.
gcc seems to have chronic issues with global register variables. This latest one is caused by gcc compiling a function to save and restore all registers in the range r13-r31, however r14 is the datastack pointer, which is clobbered as a result. Thankfully it is fixed in Apple's latest gcc, but I really wish gcc was more stable.
In my entire Java career, I never found a single bug which I could blame on the HotSpot JIT compiler. The Java language and libraries suck, but I really give the HotSpot team credit for writing a compiler which is fast, stable, and generates efficient code.
On the other hand, in only a few years of working on the C implementation of Factor, I've encountered plenty of gcc bugs. This is embarrassing for a project which claims to be the cornerstone of both Linux and Mac OS X.