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Re: catch signal does not appear multi-inferior safe

Hello Pedro,

On Tue, 2014-08-19 at 16:37 +0100, Pedro Alves wrote:
> On 07/11/2014 11:56 AM, Chris January wrote:
> > It appears to me that the 'catch signal' support in GDB is not
> > multi-inferior safe. Combining the 'catch signal' command with the
> > 'checkpoint' command, for example, results in an internal error:
> > 
> > break-catch-sig.c:152: internal-error:
> > signal_catchpoint_remove_location: Assertion `signal_catch_counts[iter]
> >> 0' failed.
> > A problem internal to GDB has been detected,
> > further debugging may prove unreliable.
> > Quit this debugging session? (y or n)
> > 
> > see the end of this e-mail for reproducer.
> > 
> > When checkpointing / catching a fork signal_catchpoint_remove_location
> > may be called twice in a row - once for the parent and once for the
> > child. 
> Signal catchpoint locations aren't really per-process; they're
> global.  GDB shouldn't be trying to detach them from the child.
> Where is this happening?  Is this from detach_breakpoint ?  That's
> odd, since that skips bp_loc_other locations?

You are right. I was testing with an old version of GDB (7.6.2). It is
fixed in recent versions by this commit:

commit bd9673a4ded96ea5c108601501c8e59003ea1be6
Author: Philippe Waroquiers <>
Date:   Tue May 21 18:47:05 2013 +0000

    Fix internal error caused by interaction between catch signal and

Sorry for the noise!


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