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Re: coffread.c extension for DLLs without debugging symbols

"Christopher Faylor" <> wrote in message">
> On Sat, Jan 04, 2003 at 04:25:16PM -0000, Raoul Gough wrote:
> >"Christopher Faylor" <> wrote in message
> >">
> >>3) objdump -p already has the ability to read and report on the
> >>table.  I wonder if it would be useful (or possible) to generalize
> >>code so that gdb and objdump would be using the same base.  I
> >
> >I assumed that since ld did it the hard way, there wasn't any
> >support for this in bfd - maybe that's not true. Obviously, sharing
> >this kind of code between code bases would be the ideal situation,
> >I don't think I've got enough of an overview to do that.
> Hmm.  You're right ld does it the hard way doesn't it?  Well, I
> want to saddle you with one of those "The best way to deal with this
> is to redesign binutils, gcc, and awk so that it will all be
> to gdb" type of deals.  If you can find some kind of common ground
> bfd that ld, gdb, and objdump (and who knows, objcopy?) can all use
> that would be a huge win.  Otherwise your current plan is fine, IMO.

I've looked into the objdump code, and the relevant code in BFD seems
to be the function pe_print_edata which seems to originate in
peXXigen.c. Unfortunately, this just dumps the info in text form, and
doesn't provide any kind of iterator or callback interface. On the
other hand, the BFD code looks a lot cleaner than the stuff I got out
of ld, so I'm considering copying this code instead.

Of course it would be good to share the code, but this kind of thing
won't fit into the generic BFD interface. One possibility would be to
expose a platform-specific interface from within the BFD internals.
Can anyone suggest a BFD maintainer to talk to about this?

Raoul Gough.

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