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AIX Shared Library Support
Shared library support on AIX is based on reading some data provided by the loader. With a live process, this information is accessed via a ptrace call (PT_LDINFO), while it is obtained by reading the ‘.ldinfo’ section when debugging from a core file. In both cases, the data has the same format, provided by the sys/ldr.h system header file.
Internally, the relevant portions of the loader information is transformed into an XML representation, which lists all objects currently mapped in memory. The associated DTD can be found in gdb/features/library-list-aix.dtd. For each library element, the following parameters are reported:
- name, the path name of an object. This is usually the name of an archive, or the name of the main executable.
- If the name parameter refers to an archive, member provides the name of the object inside the archive on which the program depends. Otherwise, this field should be omitted.
- text_addr, the address where the .text section was mapped in memory.
- text_size, the size of the .text section.
- data_addr, the address where the .data section was mapped in memory.
- data_size, the size of the .data section.
By convention, the library list always has at least one element, and the first entry always refers to the main executable.
Below is an example of such XML representation for a small program:
<library-list-aix version="1.0"> <library name="simple" text_addr="0x0000000010000000" text_size="128720" data_addr="0x0000000020000f00" data_size="31148"> </library> <library name="/lib/libc.a" member="shr.o" text_addr="0x00000000d0100700" text_size="4152684" data_addr="0x00000000f0633e50" data_size="875944"> </library> </library-list-aix>
In that example, the list shows that the main executable is named simple, and its text section was loaded at 0x10000000. This program depends on member shr.o from the /lib/libc.a archive, whose text and data sections were loaded at (resp.) 0xd0100700 and 0xf0633e50.