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[RFC] problem with read_memory_string (reads 8 bytes at a time)


I did what I thought would be a nice cleanup in ada-lang.c last weekend,
by deleting a local function (extract_string), and replacing it by a call
to read_memory_string instead. This works fine most of the time, but
nightly testing did reveal a problem with that function on powerpc-elf.

    (gdb) start
    Cannot access memory at address 0x1002e8

Here is what happens:

    1. The "start" commands needs to know that the name of the "main"
       program is. As a result, we call ada_main_name, which finds
       the symbol that points us to the string containing that main

    2. To read that name, we call read_memory_string now, and this
       routine performs strings reads 8 bytes at a time.

The problem is that our string is at the end of our .rodata section.
The string is 8 bytes long, and sits at 0x1002e0. The .rodata section
ends at 0x001102ec. So here's what we end up doing:

    a. Read 8 bytes from 0x1002e0 - no problem.
       But we haven't read the \0 yet, so we keep going.

    b. Read 8 bytes from 0x1002e0 + 8 = 0x1002e8:
         i. The section ends at 0x001102ec, so bfd returns only 4 bytes read.
        ii. We find out that only 4 bytes were read, so we still need to
            read another 4 bytes for the 8byte read to be complete
       iii. the next 4byte read doesn't find a section from which to
            read the 4bytes, and so returns 0 signifying an error.

I don't really know how to fix this issue except by reading the string
one byte at a time :-(. Any suggestion?


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