GDB fails to build with Python 3.7

Phil Muldoon
Tue May 29 12:55:00 GMT 2018

On 29/05/18 13:11, wrote:
>> On May 29, 2018, at 7:37 AM, Phil Muldoon <> wrote:
>> Currently GDB fails to build with Python 3.7
>> This is because we use an internal Python API:
>> #ifdef IS_PY3K
>>  gdb_module = PyModule_Create (&python_GdbModuleDef);
>>  /* Add _gdb module to the list of known built-in modules.  */
>>  _PyImport_FixupBuiltin (gdb_module, "_gdb");
>> #else
>>  gdb_module = Py_InitModule ("_gdb", python_GdbMethods);
>> #endif
>> (the _PyImport_FixupBuiltin in python.c).
>> This internal API has been changed. According to the advice of the Python
>> maintainers we should never have used it in the first place. I didn't
>> add this (at least I don't think I did!), so I'm asking whomever
>> authored that code to please change it to be 3.7 compatible. I'm not
>> sure what the code achieves so I'm reluctant to touch it in case of
>> breakages on platforms I don't have easily access to.
> That may be part of my original Python 3 support work.  I'd have to
> dig back in somewhat dusty memories to find the reason.  Part of the
> problem is that Python initialization is different in Python 3 and
> the differences are (or were?) undocumented and not particularly obvious.
> I'll take a look.  Right now I can't get configure to find Python at
> all on my Mac -- "--with-python=/Library/Frameworks...." isn't doing it.
> 	paul
> BUILDSTDERR: ../../gdb/python/python.c:1853:45: error: too few arguments to function 'int _PyImport_FixupBuiltin(PyObject*, const char*, PyObject*)'


Thanks! And gah, I forgot to add the developers comments:

"This is a private API, gdb should not use it. I don't know why gdb
chose to call a private function.

To fix gdb, an #ifdef using PY_VERSION_HEX should be use to pass one
more additional parameter to Python 3.7: "modules". This parameter can
be found in interp->modules, where interp is the current
interpreter. For example, use PyThreadState_Get()->interp to get the
current interpreter."



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