stabs or ecoff for Linux/mips

H . J . Lu
Thu Jun 7 12:24:00 GMT 2001

On Thu, Jun 07, 2001 at 03:05:14PM -0400, Daniel Berlin wrote:
> Stan Shebs <> writes:
> > "H . J . Lu" wrote:
> >> 
> >> What is the better debug format for Linux/mips in the terms of gdb
> >> and binutils, stabs or ecoff? I know the future is dwarf2. But I need
> >> something stable now. Since Linux/x86 uses stabs, I lean toward to
> >> stabs. Any comments?
> > 
> > Go with stabs and ELF.  Neither ecoff's base file format nor the debug
> > info were particularly well-documented (I remember some of the bits in
> > GNU being figured out by reverse engineering!), perpetuating it will
> > just make your life more difficult in the long run.  It will also be
> > easier to move to dwarf2 when the opportunity arises.
> mdebugread is also an evil piece of code. 

That matches my own experiences. In case you haven't noticed, I
have checked in patches to switch Linux/mips to stabs in ELF :-).


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