Are ppc*_elf_write_core_note Os-specific?

Pedro Alves
Tue Jan 19 22:52:00 GMT 2016

On 01/19/2016 09:20 PM, H.J. Lu wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 19, 2016 at 12:54 PM, Pedro Alves <> wrote:
>> Can this be made to work along the lines of 70a38d42c5b3 ?
> Probably.  See:

The thing is that GDB always knows the target ABI/OS it wants the core note
to be generated for, so there should be no need to go through the bfd target
vector to generate an OS-specific note, or to stuff everything
through a crippling varargs interface such as elf_backend_write_core_note's.
Instead, bfd can export OS-specific variants of the note generation functions,
and GDB can call those directly.  By avoiding the varargs-style strangling of
elf_backend_write_core_note, it's also MUCH easier to pass down note-specific
info.  The original motivation of 70a38d42c5b3 (elfcore_write_linux_prpsinfo*)
was so that we could fill in all fields of the Linux prpsinfo structure.
(Note how elfcore_write_prpsinfo only takes a few parameters; it's missing a
lot of others bits.)

The gdb-side counterpart of 70a38d42c5b3 is b3ac9c77560a.

All the Linux-specific NT_PRPSINFO handling in the different
elf_backend_write_core_note implementations in bfd are dead code, I think,
since GDB always calls elfcore_write_linux_prpsinfo* directly, and only
GDB calls the  elfcore_write_pr* functions.

I think that ideally we'd give the same treatment to
elfcore_write_prstatus; it's just that nobody ever did the leg work.

Pedro Alves

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