[RFC] make gdb handle weak function better

Hui Zhu teawater@gmail.com
Wed Aug 11 03:21:00 GMT 2010


Ping.

On Thu, Aug 5, 2010 at 17:03, Hui Zhu <teawater@gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
>
> I meet following trouble:
> cat 1.c
> int
> 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
> Continuing.
>
> 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
> message.
>
> Thanks,
> Hui
>



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