[PATCH 4/5] Support backtracing through elfutils (#70746)

Mark Wielaard mjw at redhat.com
Wed Oct 30 11:02:25 CET 2013


On Wed, 2013-10-30 at 08:58 +0100, Jan Kratochvil wrote:
> On Wed, 30 Oct 2013 07:31:19 +0100, Jasper St. Pierre wrote:
> > Whoops, I misspoke when I talked about libbacktrace. I meant libunwind all
> > throughout, since that's what Xorg uses right now.
> I see now the libunwind support has been already upstreamed; I saw it before
> only as a Fedora-only downstream patch so I did not have concerns for example
> about the non-Linux OSes and I contacted Peter Hutterer only wrt the
> downstream Fedora patch. The xorg-upstreamed libunwind support was:
> 	commit e21e183059df5975e7086850d1931edb2c1bbd06
> 	Author: Marcin Slusarz <marcin.slusarz at gmail.com>
> 	Date:   Thu Feb 21 09:02:44 2013 +1000
> 	os: use libunwind to generate backtraces
> 	http://cgit.freedesktop.org/xorg/xserver/commit/?id=e21e183059df5975e7086850d1931edb2c1bbd06
> > Should we work on making the elfutils backtrace API more like libunwind /
> > libbacktrace,
> libunwind and libbacktrace have different API.  Besides that their
> functionality is almost disjunct (they just both contain the tiny
> addr->elfsymbol part xorg needs).
> > Should we focus on porting libbacktrace / libunwind to elfutils, and have
> > one simple API for this?
> I do not understand what you are proposing.  This is the current situation:
> elfutils:      addr->elfsymbol  (file:lineno) (inlines)
> elfutils next: addr->elfsymbol  (file:lineno) (inlines) unwinding
> backtrace():                                            unwinding
> libbacktrace:  addr->elfsymbol   file:lineno   inlines 
> libunwind:     addr->elfsymbol                          unwinding
> GDB:           addr->elfsymbol   file:lineno   inlines  unwinding parameters

I might not have the full context (just got CCed on this message), but
looking at the above patch it looks like what is needed here is just a
simple in-process backtrace possibly with symbols. I would love to
promote elfutils for that. But you could just use backtrace () and
backtrace_symbols () if the C library provides them.


If your C library doesn't provide that, then you could use an
alternative library (like libunwind). If you want more than a simple
backtrace and elf symbols then look at one of the more specialized
libraries listed above. Since this is for in-process unwinding gcc's
libbacktrace seems the most obvious candidate for that. But other
solutions like elfutils or invoking gdb might be more featurefull and
flexible. All of them might be overkill in this situation though.



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