[RFC] make gdb handle weak function better

Hui Zhu teawater@gmail.com
Thu Aug 5 09:04:00 GMT 2010


I meet following trouble:
cat 1.c
main ()
	calloc (3, 1);
gcc -g 1.c
gdb ./a.out
(gdb) start
Temporary breakpoint 1 at 0x8048385: file 1.c, line 4.
Starting program: /home/teawater/gdb/bgdbno/gdb/a.out

Temporary breakpoint 1, main () at 1.c:4
4		calloc (3, 1);
(gdb) b calloc
During symbol reading, incomplete CFI data; unspecified registers
(e.g., eax) at 0x8048382.
Breakpoint 2 at 0xb7ff82a6
(gdb) info sharedlibrary
>From        To          Syms Read   Shared Object Library
0xb7fe47f0  0xb7ff97df  Yes (*)     /lib/ld-linux.so.2
0xb7e80230  0xb7f80ea4  Yes (*)     /lib/tls/i686/cmov/libc.so.6
(*): Shared library is missing debugging information.
(gdb) c

Program exited with code 010.

The inferior is not break because gdb set breakpoint in the weak
function calloc in lib/ld-linux.so.2.
But the inferior call the calloc in /lib/tls/i686/cmov/libc.so.6.

And I check the lookup_symbol and lookup_minimal_symbol, both of them
are return the first symbol that they found.
What about do some work on it?

What I think is:
In lookup_symbol and lookup_minimal_symbol, when it get a weak symbol,
just record it but keep search.  When the search complete, if GDB get
a simple symbol then return it.  If GDB doesn't get a simple symbol.
Then return the weak symbol.

BTW, looks minimal_symbol and symbol don't have interface access to
asymbol.  So I suggest we can extend "struct general_symbol_info" and
elf_symtab_read to make minimal_symbol and symbol have the weak


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