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Re: Can't debug bash with gdb 8.2.1-1

On 23/07/2019 16:42, Ken Brown wrote:
On 7/23/2019 9:51 AM, Jon Turney wrote:
On 22/07/2019 15:59, Ken Brown wrote:
With the test version of gdb, attempting to debug bash fails as follows:

$ gdb bash
GNU gdb (GDB) (Cygwin 8.2.1-1) 8.2.1
Reading symbols from bash...Reading symbols from
(gdb) r -c ls
Starting program: /usr/bin/bash -c ls
/usr/bin/bash: initialize_job_control: getpgrp failed: No error
[Inferior 1 (process 31876) exited with code 01]

This problem doesn't occur with gdb-8.1.1-1.
Thanks for reporting this.

I had also tripped over this problem recently: It seems that changes in gdb
(bisection lands on [1]) mean that any call to getpgrp() in the inferior fails
(this can be demonstrated with a test program that just calls that).

I can't reproduce that with the following test program:

$ cat getpgrp_test.c
#include <unistd.h>
main ()
    pid_t t = getpgrp ();

Hmm.... let me clarify what I mean:

$ cat getpgrp_test.c
#include <unistd.h>
#include <stdio.h>

int main() {
  printf("getpgrp() = %d\n", getpgrp());

$ gcc getpgrp_test.c -o getpgrp_test.exe

$ ./getpgrp_test
getpgrp() = 1241

$ gdb ./getpgrp_test
GNU gdb (GDB) (Cygwin 8.2.1-1) 8.2.1
Reading symbols from ./getpgrp_test...done.
(gdb) r
Starting program: /work/getpgrp_test
getpgrp() = -1
[Inferior 1 (process 11428) exited normally]

I believe this is behaviour is caused by some kind of defect in the cygwin DLL,
but I haven't made much progress in investigating it. (I don't really understand
how the inferior gets into a state where getpgrp() fails, which isn't really
supposed to happen...)

POSIX says that getpgrp() never fails, but Cygwin's getpgrp() can in fact fail.
I'm about to send a proposed fix to cygwin-patches.  I've just checked that the
bash example succeeds with my patch installed.

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