[PATCH 1/3] Move core_bfd to program space

Pedro Alves palves@redhat.com
Fri May 4 16:09:00 GMT 2018

On 05/04/2018 04:41 PM, Tom Tromey wrote:
>>>>>> "Pedro" == Pedro Alves <palves@redhat.com> writes:
> Pedro> This moves the core_bfd global to be a field of the program space.  It
> Pedro> then replaces core_bfd with a macro to avoid a massive patch -- the
> Pedro> same approach taken for various other program space fields.
> I am curious to know whether you would want to remove this macro in the
> future.  I don't mean that you should do it -- just more a question of
> what direction to go.  There are other macros like this too:
> symfile_objfile, object_files, exec_bfd, ...

Yeah, I have no plans to do that myself, but I wouldn't oppose
changing it.

> Also, I can't remember why I moved core_bfd to the progspace.  Would it
> be better to have it just be a member of the target?  Or maybe in your
> design these end up being basically equivalent, because core targets are
> inherently single-process?
Yeah, I guess program space just felt natural given exec_bfd is there
too.  Not sure about putting it in the target.  Making it a data field of
target_ops I think would be odd.  It might work if we replaced it
with something like (in the multi-target branch):

bfd *
core_bfd ()
  if (core_target *core 
      = dynamic_cast<core_target *> 
          (current_inferior ()->process_target ()))
    return core->core_bfd;
  return nullptr;

though that's a bit smelly, and when I see dynamic_cast
I can't avoid thinking about how inefficient it is.  :-)

Alternatively, we could make core_bfd() a virtual method of
target_ops instead, that has most targets except the
core_target target return NULL.

Not sure.  Putting it in program space just seemed like an
easy and OK thing to do.

Pedro Alves

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