shlibs/2227: gdb dying on very large shared library

Daniel Jacobowitz
Tue Feb 13 01:38:00 GMT 2007

The following reply was made to PR shlibs/2227; it has been noted by GNATS.

From: Daniel Jacobowitz <>
Subject: Re: shlibs/2227: gdb dying on very large shared library
Date: Mon, 12 Feb 2007 20:34:35 -0500

 On Mon, Feb 12, 2007 at 04:21:59PM -0000, wrote:
 > I have been trying to use gdb to debug an application built with g++ on solaris, which uses a lot of templated code and suffers from a pretty bad case of code bloat. The shared library is 154M and nm finds 195254 entry points in it. Should gdb be able to handle this or are we exceeding some limit there?
 It should work fine, though perhaps slowly.
 > gdb is able, after some time to load the executable and set break points, but when i attempt to run the application in gdb i get thousands of error messages:
 >  BFD: /export/home/devUser/laurent/src/bin/ invalid string offset 6074469 >= 32 for section `'
 > BFD: /export/home/devUser/laurent/src/bin/ invalid
 > string offset 561167 >= 80 for section `.shstrtab'
 Can objdump load this file?  How about readelf -S?
 Daniel Jacobowitz

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