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Re: [BUILDROBOT] asprintf() no longer declared

On 06/30/2015 05:25 PM, Jan-Benedict Glaw wrote:
> On Thu, 2015-06-25 16:23:48 +0200, Jan-Benedict Glaw <> wrote:
>> On Fri, 2015-06-19 17:18:38 +0200, Iain Buclaw <> wrote:
>>> Belated attempt at downstreaming libiberty changes from upstream.
>>> Split it into two patches, one with dlang related changes, the other
>>> with everything else.
>>> As requested, commits have been replayed ontop of gdb rather than a
>>> straight diff between the directories.
>> [...]
>> Seems there were some minor changes in libiberty which breaks code
>> generation on non-GNU systems due to missing asprintf().
>>   On the AIX builder (, I see build failures in
>> Binutils since then, see ie.
>> /bin/sh ./libtool --tag=CC   --mode=compile gcc -DHAVE_CONFIG_H -I. -I/home/jbglaw/repos/binutils_gdb/bfd -I. -I/home/jbglaw/repos/binutils_gdb/bfd -I/home/jbglaw/repos/binutils_gdb/bfd/../include  -DHAVE_cr16_elf32_vec -DHAVE_elf32_le_vec -DHAVE_elf32_be_vec -DHAVE_plugin_vec  -DBINDIR='"/home/jbglaw/build/cr16-elf/_install_/bin"'  -W -Wall -Wstrict-prototypes -Wmissing-prototypes -Wshadow -Werror -I/home/jbglaw/repos/binutils_gdb/bfd/../zlib -g -O2 -MT bfd.lo -MD -MP -MF .deps/bfd.Tpo -c -o bfd.lo /home/jbglaw/repos/binutils_gdb/bfd/bfd.c
>> libtool: compile:  gcc -DHAVE_CONFIG_H -I. -I/home/jbglaw/repos/binutils_gdb/bfd -I. -I/home/jbglaw/repos/binutils_gdb/bfd -I/home/jbglaw/repos/binutils_gdb/bfd/../include -DHAVE_cr16_elf32_vec -DHAVE_elf32_le_vec -DHAVE_elf32_be_vec -DHAVE_plugin_vec -DBINDIR=\"/home/jbglaw/build/cr16-elf/_install_/bin\" -W -Wall -Wstrict-prototypes -Wmissing-prototypes -Wshadow -Werror -I/home/jbglaw/repos/binutils_gdb/bfd/../zlib -g -O2 -MT bfd.lo -MD -MP -MF .deps/bfd.Tpo -c /home/jbglaw/repos/binutils_gdb/bfd/bfd.c -o bfd.o
>> /home/jbglaw/repos/binutils_gdb/bfd/bfd.c: In function 'bfd_errmsg':
>> /home/jbglaw/repos/binutils_gdb/bfd/bfd.c:543:7: error: implicit declaration of function 'asprintf' [-Werror=implicit-function-declaration]
>>        if (asprintf (&buf, _(bfd_errmsgs [error_tag]), input_bfd->filename, msg)
>>        ^
>> cc1: all warnings being treated as errors
>> make[3]: *** [bfd.lo] Error 1
>> make[3]: Leaving directory `/home/jbglaw/build/cr16-elf/build-binutils-full/bfd'
> It's a few days since building GDB probably broke on all non-GNU
> platforms. Is somebody about to work on that?

TBC, this is not really Iain's fault, as his patch was
just a merge from upstream.

(It'd be good if people interested in the affected platforms
came forward and help diagnose/fix it.)

I suspect that this is what is breaking things:

--- a/include/ChangeLog
+++ b/include/ChangeLog

+2015-05-22  Yunlian Jiang  <>
+       * libiberty.h (asprintf): Don't declare if HAVE_DECL_ASPRINTF is
+       not defined.

I see here that Yunlian actually wanted this to fix the gdb build:

Iain just happened to merge the patch sooner.

Added Yunlian Jiang to CC.

I think the problem is that bfd's is missing
an AC_CHECK_DECLS for asprintf, so that HAVE_DECL_ASPRINTF can end
up defined.

(the series mentioned at
would address this for good all over the tree, but I never heard
from the libiberty maintainers about that idea.  Surprisingly, I notice
now that I missed converting bfd/.)

Pedro Alves

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