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Re: [PATCH] arc/bfd: Fix segfault from debug code, and disable debug by default

Hi Nick,

Thank you for the contribution. ;-)


On 07/15/2016 12:59 PM, Nick Clifton wrote:
> Hi Cupertino,
>> Thank you for the patch, however neither me or Claudiu agree with
>> reverting the overflow information printing.
>> Overflow information printing is a basic need for the user to identify
>> linking/compiling problems.
> True - but the way that it was being done was not really the "binutils way".
>> Until now we were unable to tight this up. Unfortunately, we have other
>> more important issues/problems to fix.
>> Nevertheless, your free to improve it and contribute. ;-)
> Fortunately I do have some time, so I am going to check in the attached patch.
> It is based upon the one submitted by Andrew, but extended slightly. 
> It tightens up the debug printing so that:
>   * It is off by default.  Uncomment /* #define ARC_ENABLE_DEBUG 1  */ to use it.
>     By default, users (ie non-developers) should not have debug information inflicted upon them.
>     Note - since this is debugging information, there is no need for translation.
>   * It compiles without errors when debugging is enabled.
>     It also fixed a seg-fault when the code tried to print out some
>     non-existing information.
>   * There is only one debug printing macro - ARC_DEBUG, rather than two.
>   * When a reloc fails to be processed, for any reason including overflow,
>     an error message is printed for the user.  If debugging has been enabled
>     then a very verbose error message is printed.
> Whilst testing the patch I also came across a problem with the arceb-elf 
> configuration - it was selecting the little endian bfd vector by default.  
> So I fixed that, and a linker testcase that always assumes a little endian
> arc target.
> Cheers
>   Nick
> bfd/ChangeLog
> 2016-07-15  Andrew Burgess  <>
> 	    Nick Clifton  <>
> 	* elf32-arc.c (PR_DEBUG): Delete.
> 	Fix printing of debug information.  Fix formatting of debug
> 	statements.
> 	(debug_arc_reloc): Handle symbols that are not from an input file.
> 	(arc_do_relocation): Remove excessive exclamation points.
> 	(elf_arc_relocate_section): Print an informative message if the
> 	relocation fails, even if debugging is not enabled.
> 	* arc-got.h: Fix formatting.  Fix printing of debug information.
> 	(new_got_entry_to_list): Use xmalloc.
> 	* config.bfd: use the big-endian arc vector as the default vector
> 	for big-endian arc targets.
> ld/ChangeLog
> 2016-07-15  Nick Clifton  <>
> 	* testsuite/ld-arc/arc.exp: Always run the sda-relocs test in
> 	little endian mode.

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