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[PATCH] Skip gdb.server/ tests if lack of XML support

I recently see some gdb.server/*.exp fails in my native gdb testing,
in which libexpat isn't available, so GDB isn't able to parse xml file.
It causes gdb.server/ tests fails because GDB can't get registers
correctly from GDBserver.

(gdb) PASS: gdb.server/connect-without-multi-process.exp: multiprocess=off: break main
target remote localhost:2352^M
Remote debugging using localhost:2352^M
warning: Can not parse XML target description; XML support was disabled at compile time^M
Reading /lib/ from remote target...^M
warning: File transfers from remote targets can be slow. Use "set sysroot" to access files locally instead.^M
Reading /lib/ from remote target...^M
Reading symbols from target:/lib/ /lib/ from remote target...^M
Reading /lib/.debug/ from remote target...^M
(no debugging symbols found)...done.^M
Remote 'g' packet reply is too long: 0000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000efffbe00000000808d0f4d100000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000^
0x4d0f8d80 in _start () from target:/lib/^M

Without XML support in GDB, it can't parse xml sent by GDBserver, and has
to fall back to the oldest arch.  However, GDBserver doesn't know this
(IMO, this is a defect in RSP), and still choose the right target
description to create regcache and 'g' packet.  If the port only has
one target description or coincidentally two sides choose the same
target description, there is no such issue.  Otherwise, GDB is broken
on read registers.

This patch is to skip gdb.server tests if XML is not support and the
target has multiple target descriptions.


2016-07-14  Yao Qi  <>

	* lib/gdbserver-support.exp (skip_gdbserver_tests): Return 1
	if gdb_skip_xml_test is true on some targets.
 gdb/testsuite/lib/gdbserver-support.exp | 14 ++++++++++++++
 1 file changed, 14 insertions(+)

diff --git a/gdb/testsuite/lib/gdbserver-support.exp b/gdb/testsuite/lib/gdbserver-support.exp
index b792b23..c0f17cd 100644
--- a/gdb/testsuite/lib/gdbserver-support.exp
+++ b/gdb/testsuite/lib/gdbserver-support.exp
@@ -141,6 +141,20 @@ proc skip_gdbserver_tests { } {
     return 1
+    # If GDB is lack of XML support, and targets, like arm, have
+    # multiple target descriptions, GDB doesn't know which target
+    # description GDBserver uses, and may fail to parse 'g' packet
+    # after connection.
+    if { [gdb_skip_xml_test]
+	 && ([istarget "arm*-*-linux*"]
+	     || [istarget "mips*-*-linux*"]
+	     || [istarget "powerpc*-*-linux*"]
+	     || [istarget "s390*-*-linux*"]
+	     || [istarget "x86_64-*-linux*"]
+	     || [istarget "i\[34567\]86-*-linux*"]) } {
+	return 1
+    }
   return 0

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