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Re: working with split debug files and sectionless ELFs

On 11-10-14 11:27 AM, Mike Frysinger wrote:
On Friday 14 October 2011 10:23:04 Aleksandar Ristovski wrote:
On 11-10-12 01:35 PM, Mike Frysinger wrote:
second, i wonder if we can't have this work more intelligently out of the
box. is it unreasonable to have gdb automatically search /usr/lib/debug/
for split debuf files if the .gnu_debuglink section does not exist ?  or
at least do it if the ELF has no sections at all ?  it'd be nice if we
could do `gdb prog` and gdb is smart enough to at least check
/usr/lib/debug/usr/bin/prog.debug. -mike

Can this be used for what you want:

(gdb) help set debug-file-directory

that is already set to "/usr/lib/debug/" by default. if you look at the logic that loads the split debug files, the issue is that it immediately returns if no debugging information is found in the ELF -- which there isn't if all the sections have been split out. so it doesn't get a chance to scan the debug file directory.

check out symfile.c:find_separate_debug_file_by_debuglink().  i hacked it locally
so that when get_debug_link_info() returns NULL, the code would fall back to
searching for the basename(argv[0]) + ".debug" of the ELF in question.  that
seemed to do what i want: "just work".

Ok, so the problem is that if debuglink is missing, gdb just gives up.

FWIW, what you are proposing makes sense to me. Maybe make it an optional behaviour?

I'd suggest you open an enhancement request in bugzilla (if there is not something along those lines there already) and propose the patch so the maintainers have a say.


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