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[PATCH] force NOSTRIP for .debug_frame on mips-irix


Attached is a patch to address an issue first discussed on gcc-patches
(, where it was
suggested that a change to GNU as would be more appropriate.

GCC for mips/Irix used to set NOSTRIP bit on .debug_frame and
doesn't any more.

This is causing troubles when using the libexc system library e.g.
for frame unwinding purposes, because it expects a single .debug_frame
per executable, the section has NOSTRIP set in system objects and the
native linker doesn't merge those having the bit set together with
those not having it.

Typically, for

   << /* t.c */
      #include <libexc.h>

      int main (void)
        trace_back_stack_and_print ();
        return 0;

We see

   $ gcc -o t t.c -lexc

   $ elfdump -hv t | grep -A 1 debug_frame
   [37]   SHT_MIPS_DWARF      0          0x9bc0     0x4b0       .debug_frame
          0          0        0x4        0          0x00000000
   [39]   SHT_MIPS_DWARF      0          0xa5a6     0xa4        .debug_frame
          0          0        0x1        0          0x08000000 NOSTRIP

   $ ./t
   libexc(158601884): FATAL ERROR update_obj_info: dwarf_elf_init failed
   for ./t -- (107) DW_DLE_DEBUG_FRAME_DUPLICATE  Only one .debug_frame
   section is allowed

The attached patch addresses this by teaching gas to set the bit as part
of similar specialized treatments it already performs in other cases.

Tested by checking that the "make check" outputs remain unchanged
after the patch and by checking that the test above now behaves as

Thanks in advance,


2007-10-10  Olivier Hainque  <>

	* bfd/elfxx-mips.c (_bfd_mips_elf_fake_sections): Force
	SHF_MIPS_NOSTRIP on .debug_frame for Irix.

Attachment: mips-irix-debug_frame-nostrip.dif
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