PATCH: Preserve the original p_align and p_flags if they are valid

Ben Cheng
Mon May 7 16:49:00 GMT 2012

The full context is we run stripped binaries on the target and use
gdbserver to talk to gdb on the host which can access the non-stripped
binaries. However, gdb appears to verify the program headers in memory
against the binary on disk first and will reject the symbols because
of the difference from the PT_GNU_RELRO section:

 GNU_RELRO      0x002dfc 0x00003dfc 0x00003dfc 0x00204 0x00204 RW  0x4

 GNU_RELRO      0x002dfc 0x00003dfc 0x00003dfc 0x00204 0x00204 R   0x1

With the patch the attributes for the PT_GNU_RELRO section won't be
unconditionally changed by objcopy and strip.


On Mon, May 7, 2012 at 6:03 AM, Alan Modra <> wrote:
> On Fri, May 04, 2012 at 01:59:47PM -0700, Ben Cheng wrote:
>> +          /* Preserve the alignment and flags if they are valid. The gold
>> +             linker generates RW/4 for the PT_GNU_RELRO section. It is better
>> +             for objcopy/strip to honor these attributes otherwise gdb will
>> +             choke when doing cross-debugging. */
> I don't see what this has to do with cross-debugging.  Did you mean to
> say "... when using separate debug files."?
> --
> Alan Modra
> Australia Development Lab, IBM

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