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Re: [PATCH] Accept DWARF 3-format debug info

Eli Zaretskii wrote:
Cc:,  Daniel Jacobowitz <>
From: Jim Blandy <>
Date: Thu, 08 Jun 2006 16:25:42 -0700

I think this patch is right.  It's true that GDB doesn't support all
of DWARF 3, but GDB's general philosophy is to garner as much
information as it can, and punt the rest, which works well with
DWARF's philosophy.  So GDB shouldn't just punt entire compilation
units because they're marked as DWARF 3.

I agree with the philosophy, but the devil is usually in the

In this case, what will happen when GDB sees a DWARF-3 feature it
doesn't yet support?  I think we should make sure it displays a
warning message, instead of throwing an internal error (or some
similar fatal reaction).

AIUI, the ideal is to just ignore the bits of DWARF which aren't yet understood, though I don't know how well that works in practice. The partial-unit case certainly causes unpleasant crashes at present, but I'd hope that that's an exception rather than a rule. (I, or one of the other sourcerers, may get to that particular case later.)



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