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Re: [RFA 2/4] dwarf2_physname
- From: Joel Brobecker <brobecker at adacore dot com>
- To: Keith Seitz <kseitz at uglyboxes dot com>
- Cc: gdb-patches at sourceware dot org
- Date: Tue, 24 Nov 2009 14:11:36 -0800
- Subject: Re: [RFA 2/4] dwarf2_physname
- References: <4B0707E7.firstname.lastname@example.org>
> (read_partial_die): Ignore DW_AT_MIPS_linkage_name for all
> languages except Ada.
More info on this. After asking the compiler guys, it turns out that
GCC generates DIEs with a DW_AT_MIPS_linkage_name attribute when
an entity has a different linkage name from the mangled name (this
happens when a pragma Export is used to force the linkage name of
an entity). For instance:
package P is
Myconst : Integer := 1234;
pragma Export (C, Myconst, "hello");
The compiler generates:
.uleb128 0x2 # (DIE (0x25) DW_TAG_variable)
.long .LASF3 # DW_AT_name: "p__myconst"
.byte 0x1 # DW_AT_decl_file (p.ads)
.byte 0x3 # DW_AT_decl_line
.long .LASF4 # DW_AT_MIPS_linkage_name: "hello"
Now that I have been reminded of this, I now remember that we have
an open enhancement request to be able to use either the natural
name or the linkage name in order to specify our entity. In other
words, users want to be able to do either of:
(gdb) print p.myconst
(gdb) print hello
Right now, we only allow the latter. Honestly, I strongly suspect
that this is accidental due to use prefering the DW_AT_MIPS_linkage_name
attribute over the DW_AT_name, but ``I wasn't there''.
Going back to the enhancement request, the way we were hoping to be
able to deal with that was to take advantage of the two names being
provided for our DIE, so we can't really think of removing the handling
of this attribute entirely without thinking about a different approach
first. The approach taken here of conditionalizing this to the CU language
against Ada is fine as far as I am concerned - I'll concede that it's
a little ugly.
In terms of how I'm planning to implement the enhancement, I actually
haven't thought much about it. If Ada was able to store both natural
and linkage name at the same time (instead of computing the natural
name on-demand), it'd probably be working to just compute the natural
name based on the DW_AT_name attribute while using the DW_AT_MIPS_linkage_name
for the linkage name...
I would like Ada to do the same as other projects, but it's not necessarily
straightforward. In order to spend the memory to store the natural name,
I need to save some memory elsewhere (some of our customers have projects
that cause GDB to use up as much memory as allowed by the system!).
Tom's work might allow us that saving, but I need to find the time to
investigate this first, although one of these customers is on a stabs
platform, so it might not help us there...
To be continued...