[RFA] initialize err variable in load_section_callback()

Theodore A. Roth troth@openavr.org
Tue Dec 28 09:10:00 GMT 2004


This patch got left hanging. Is it a lost cause or can I get approval to
commit it?

Thanks.

On Tue, 26 Oct 2004, Theodore A. Roth wrote:

> On Mon, 25 Oct 2004, Andrew Cagney wrote:
>
> > Theodore A. Roth wrote:
> > > On Wed, 20 Oct 2004, Andrew Cagney wrote:
> > >
> > >
> > >>Theodore A. Roth wrote:
> > >>
> > >>>Hi,
> > >>>
> > >>>I just encountered a problem with using the "load" command with a remote
> > >>>avr target. The first packet would be sent to the remote target and then
> > >>>gdb would just give up with this error message:
> > >>>
> > >>>  (gdb) load
> > >>>  Loading section .text, size 0x1f8 lma 0x0
> > >>>  Sending packet: $M0,a:0c9446000c9463000c94#d7...Ack
> > >>>  Packet received: OK
> > >>>  Memory access error while loading section .text.
> > >>>
> > >>>It looks like load_section_callback() in symfile.c is assuming that a
> > >>>call to target_write_memory_partial() will set the err variable.
> > >>>Unfortunately, that is not a valid assumption.
> > >>>
> > >>>The attached patch got things working again, but this feels like a hack
> > >>>to me since target_write_memory_partial() should really be setting err
> > >>>to a sane value before returning.
> > >>>
> > >>>Patch is against today's cvs mainline.
> > >>
> > >>Here's the contract:
> > >>/* Make a single attempt at transfering LEN bytes.  On a successful
> > >>    transfer, the number of bytes actually transfered is returned and
> > >>    ERR is set to 0.  When a transfer fails, -1 is returned (the number
> > >>    of bytes actually transfered is not defined) and ERR is set to a
> > >>    non-zero error indication.  */
> > >>So the bug is further down the target stack.
> > >
> > >
> > > Both target_write_memory_partial() and target_read_memory_partial()
> > > break that contract then:
> > >
> > >   int
> > >   target_write_memory_partial (CORE_ADDR memaddr, char *buf, int len, int *err)
> > >   {
> > >     if (target_xfer_partial_p ())
> > >       return target_xfer_partial (target_stack, TARGET_OBJECT_MEMORY, NULL,
> > >                                   NULL, buf, memaddr, len);
> > >     else
> > >       return target_xfer_memory_partial (memaddr, buf, len, 1, err);
> > >   }
> > >
> > > If target_xfer_partial_p() returns true (which the avr port does), then
> > > err is never set and the caller will see garbage if it didn't initialize
> > > err.
> > >
> > > Should the return value of the target_xfer_partial() call be checked, or
> > > should err just be blindly see to zero?
> >
> > The result will need to be checked, and *err set accordingly.
> >
> > Hmm, to_xfer_partial doesn't specify how to handle errors.  We'd better
> > pin that down.
> >
> > Of hand the interface could allow:
> >
> > - when -1, set *err to errno
>
> Attached patch implements the above case.
>
> > - when -1, set *err to EIO
>
> I dug down the stack to see if there was a guarantee if errno is going
> to be set if retval -1. I didn't see that so I'm a bit nervous about my
> attached patch. Would it make any sense to set errno to 0 before the
> call to target_xfer_partial(), then if retval is -1 also check errno?
> I.e. if errno == 0, set *err to EIO, else *err to errno.
>
> > - when -ve, set *err -VE return value
>
> I assume -ve is an error code? Sould I extend my patch to also check for
> retval < -1 and if so set *err to retval?
>
> >
> > I suspect that it should be the first.  The comments for
> > target_read_partial should also be updated to mention this.
>
> You lost me on this one. target_read_partial() with comments currently
> reads like this:
>
>   /* Target vector read/write partial wrapper functions.
>
>      NOTE: cagney/2003-10-21: I wonder if having "to_xfer_partial
>      (inbuf, outbuf)", instead of separate read/write methods, make life
>      easier.  */
>
>   LONGEST
>   target_read_partial (struct target_ops *ops,
>   		       enum target_object object,
> 		       const char *annex, void *buf,
> 		       ULONGEST offset, LONGEST len)
>   {
>     return target_xfer_partial (ops, object, annex, buf, NULL, offset, len);
>   }
>
> Was there some other comment you had in mind?
>
> Thanks for helping me with this.
>
> ---
> Ted Roth
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