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Re: Anyone using alpha-freebsd target in gdb-current?
- From: Mark Kettenis <kettenis at science dot uva dot nl>
- To: thorpej at wasabisystems dot com
- Cc: gdb at sources dot redhat dot com
- Date: 10 Jan 2002 09:55:44 +0100
- Subject: Re: Anyone using alpha-freebsd target in gdb-current?
- References: <20020109193418.L17203@dr-evil.shagadelic.org>
Jason R Thorpe <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> Is anyone actually using the alpha-freebsd target in gdb-current?
I guess it's not really actively used.
I did the port to alpha-freebsd-5.0 (a.k.a. freebsd-current). I still
work on it from time to time, and it should work reasonably with a
The system compiler for freebsd-current generates unusable debug
output, both for stabs and dwarf2. Gcc 3.0 and above should do much better.
> I'm working on alpha-netbsd support, and it uses the pre-existing
> ...but I'm having some serious problems. They seem to be related
> to breakpoints -- If I skip the implicit breakpoint at __start
> (_start on a FreeBSD/alpha system) a test program behaves "more
> correctly" (there are still some problems), but completely loses
> if I leave that breakpoint there.
Isn't NetBSD/alpha using ELF? In that case it shouldn't set any
implicit breakpoints at __start. If NetBSD/alpha doesn't use ELF,
then you might need to work on getting the old SunOS/a.out shared
library support working on NetBSD/alpha.
I recently had some problems on FreeBSD/alpha with backtraces. GDB
just fell off the stack, because it couldn't determine the top of the
stack. This was caused by not having debug info for crt*.o. I fixed
it by choosing another way to determine the top of the stack, based on
> Also, NetBSD/alpha requires software single-stepping in gdb (which
> I have implemented), which uses breakpoints ... the software single
> stepping also gives unexpected results (the PC value when the breakpoint
> trips is not what I expect).
I'm afraid I cannot help you here.
> But, anyway, I'd really like to just know if anyone is successfully using
> the alpha bsd native support successfully right now. That would help
> eliminate some variables for me.
Feel free to ask!