[PATCH] Python API: Add gdb.is_in_prologue and gdb.is_in_epilogue.

Martin Galvan martin.galvan@tallertechnologies.com
Thu Oct 23 18:09:00 GMT 2014

On Thu, Oct 23, 2014 at 2:57 PM, Ulrich Weigand <uweigand@de.ibm.com> wrote:
> The fundamental problem is that the notion of "prologue" and "epilogue"
> simply no longer exists in optimized code generated by modern compilers;
> and even more compiler features get implemented that make those notions
> even less useful (e.g. shrink-wrapping).
> As a result, we have been trying to the rid of using those notions as
> much as possible; for example, when debugging optimized code with modern
> DWARF information present, GDB will today no longer even use prologue
> skipping at all.  Instead, the debug information is good enough that
> the correct location of local variables can be recovered at every
> instruction in the function, making the distinction no longer needed.
> The in_prologue routine is likewise only still uses under certain rather
> rare circumstances; in fact it might even today be possible to simply
> remove it.  Once more platforms provide correct DWARF covering epilogues
> as well, the gdbarch_in_function_epilogue_p calls in breakpoint.c may
> likewise become unnecessary.
> So if we hope at some point to get rid of those routines, then it seems
> counterproductive to now export them as part of a fixed external API ...

While that may be true, it's also true that at some points we still
see the local variables having wrong values when stepping through
machine code. The aim of this patch is to expose a way of detecting
such situations for scripts that may need it. Until we have a safer
way to do it I think this should be integrated to the code base.


Martín Galván

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Taller Technologies Argentina

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