[Dwarf-Discuss] name lookup w/ using directives

Kendrick Wong kendrick at ca.ibm.com
Thu Aug 21 12:43:29 PDT 2008

Jason wrote:
> The DWARF has the same nesting information as the source code; the 
> consumer can use the same algorithm as the compiler.  I don't think we 
> want to encode standard lookup rules in the debugging information; 
> better to put that in one place in the debugger rather expand the 
> debugging information for every occurrence of a using-declaration.

I still have some reservation about building dependencies on the C++ 
language rules into DWARF.  All of the other TAGs that I am aware of, are 
language independent, so a DWARF consumer don't have to worry about the 
language and still be able to interpret the DWARF data correctly.

The DW_TAG_imported_module seems to break this rule.  For Fortran, the 
namespace is imported immediately.  For C++, the namespace is imported at 
a later time, not to mention all the other intricacies regarding common 
enclosing scope.  From this point of view, I really think C++ using 
directive needs a different tag.


Kendrick Wong 
z/OS C/C++ Compiler 
Common Debug Architecture 
kendrick at ca.ibm.com 
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