arm-elf-gcc and objdump

Vincent Rubiolo
Thu Jun 26 12:50:00 GMT 2003

Hello Aaron,

I'd say it is normal:
1. I have the same behaviour (which is REALLY not a good reason in fact :)
2. If you check the binutils manual 
(, you'll 
see it is only implemented for some debugging information.
Here is the relevant section:
     Display debugging information. This attempts to parse debugging information 
stored in the file and print it out using a C like syntax. Only certain types of 
debugging information have been implemented.

You should see how your gcc is configured to look at which debug symbols it 
produces by default.
The -g switch may work with stabs symbols, I have not tried that.

Concordantly, is it normal for the files to be different with or without debug 
info. These information are used by debuggers. Looking at them "as is" does not 
seems to have much interest, IMO.


Vincent wrote:

> Hello,
> I am having trouble with a simple debugging switch in arm-elf-gcc.
> I include the -g switch in the make file compiler flags like such:
> = -g -Wall -I$(PKG_INSTALL_DIR)/include -ffunction-sections -fdata-sections
> I get the following output, which shows it took the -g switch, when I build
> the project files for an application called "basic_lcd::
> $ make
> arm-elf-gcc -c -o
> basic_lcd.o -g -Wall -I/ecos-c/ECOS_db/ecos_min_v2_install/inc
> lude -ffunction-sections -fdata-sections basic_lcd.c
> Yet when I run the arm-elf-objdump binary utility I get the following
> output:
> $ arm-elf-objdump -g basic_lcd
> basic_lcd:     file format elf32-littlearm
> arm-elf-objdump: basic_lcd: no recognized debugging information
> In addition I can see a size difference in the files when compiled with and
> without the -g switch for debugging.
> I can see that the debugging switch is adding information to the file, yet
> the extra information is not recognized as debugging information.
> If anyone has any experience with this, thanks in advance for your hints and
> help.
> Regards,
> Aaron Case
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