Adding a missing NT_FILES note to a core file so gdb can load solibs for it

Bogdan Harjoc
Mon Jan 25 14:06:00 GMT 2016

I received some mips core files from an openwrt machine where all
.so's are sstripped: all the sections at the end are trimmed except
those strictly needed to run programs. All standard openwrt images are
built like this.

Reading the core files with readelf doesn't show any NT_FILES note,
and from stepping through the code, it seems this causes
solib_svr4_r_map() to fail, and "info sharedlibrary" shows nothing of

I'm about to add that missing section back to the core file hoping it
will fix the automating loading of solibs. Google-coredumper [1] looks
like a good start for this, and cores are ELF files anyway. The load
addresses will be taken from the mapping that "info proc mappings"
outputs, it seems to be the same information.


So I'd like to ask whether this has any chance of working.


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