[Dwarf-Discuss] Doubts in DWARF spec 4

Malu Sasi malu.sasi@nestgroup.net
Mon Nov 11 08:44:44 GMT 2013


Hi All,


We are having some doubts while building elf's using new GCC (4.8.1)
with DWARF-4. When we build elfs with "-gdwarf-4", and analyzed the
parsed details using "readelf", 


1.       It was seen that the ".debug_line" section always shows that
the version is "2". But from appendix F (DWARF 4 spec, shown below), we
expect this to be of version 4. 


Appendix F - DWARF Section Version Numbers (informative) 


   Can anyone please clarify why version number of ".debug_line "
section is 2 itself instead of "4". Is it that we need to manually add
some other option while building elf?


2.       Also, the new section ".debug_types"  was not there, when the
elf was built with option "-fdebug-types-section".  We were using a
simple CPP program without any structures/enum etc in it. Could this be
the reason?



Expecting your swift response....







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