Complex DWARF expressions

Yao Qi
Mon Sep 22 06:03:00 GMT 2014

Eli Zaretskii <> writes:

>     Range 0x100aaf7-0x100ad4c: a complex DWARF expression:
>        0: DW_OP_GNU_entry_value
> 	 2: DW_OP_reg2 [$edx]
>        3: DW_OP_stack_value
> "A variable in $edx" I understand, but what about the "complex DWARF
> expression" parts?  Is there any way a mere mortal such as myself can
> decipher this to the effect of understanding in which register or at
> what address can I look up the value, assuming that I know at which PC
> address the program stopped?
> (Yes, I've looked at the DWARF Standard, but couldn't understand from
> the description of these location descriptors how to convert them to
> either a register or a memory address.)

DW_OP_GNU_entry_value isn't in DWARF Standard and it is documented here

If I understand the doc above correctly, the entry above means if PC is
within range 0x100aaf7-0x100ad4c, the value of new_width is the value of
$edx at the moment entering this function.  IOW, to get value of
new_width, needs to unwind frame and read $edx.

Yao (齐尧)

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