can't find class named `foo', as given by C++ RTTI

Daniel Berlin
Fri Jun 29 11:20:00 GMT 2001

Jim Blandy <> writes:

> Benjamin Kosnik <> writes:
>> This is a new class of errors that I've started seeing recently. I'm
>> getting this from debugging efforts on x86/linux with current CVS
>> 'src' and 'gcc' modules. For what it's worth, both --with-dwarf2 and
>> default toolchains have the same error.
>> (gdb) p *__fp
>> can't find class named `std::numpunct<char>', as given by C++ RTTI
> This means is that GDB wanted to find the run-time type of some object
> (probably *__fp), and failed.  Here's how GDB tries to find an
> object's run-time type:
> - GDB extracts the object's vtable.
> - it looks up the linker symbol naming the vtable (which was
>   _ZTVSt8numpunct, or something like that).
> - it demangles that name (and got "vtable for std::numpunct")
> - it pulls off the "vtable for " part
> - it tries to look up the type name (in this case, "std::numpunct") in
>   its full symbol table
> In this case, GDB wasn't able to find the name std::numpunct.
> Probably GDB should have been able to find std::numpunct.  But does
> the rest of the process look reasonable?  That is, was the run-time
> type of *__fp indeed `std::numpunct'?  The output from `ptype'
> suggests that its compile-time type is `class facet'.  Perhaps
> something went wrong well before we ever tried to look up the type
> name.

Nope. The name of the type in the symbol table is numpunct<char>,
because of scoping problems.

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