Re: '.stabs' info requested (David Keppel)
Thu, 7 Jun 90 04:08:10 GMT

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Newsgroups: comp.compilers
From: (David Keppel)
References: <> <>
Date: Thu, 7 Jun 90 04:08:10 GMT
Organization: University of Washington, Computer Science, Seattle
Keywords: C, debug

title@Think.COM (Richard Title) writes:
>[dbx .stabs documentation: `stabstring.c']

One piece of information that you won't find in the dbx documentation:
some perfectly legal .stabs entries cause popular (e.g., BSD VAX)
assemblers to barf with a message like ``illegal .stabs value''.

The problem is severe enough that at least for a while, GNU C++ had a
compiler compile-time flag ``FASCIST_ASSEMBLER''. The first time that I
built a version of GNU C++ that had this flag, I missed the fact that I
needed to set the flag, and assembly failed as a result. I took the
problem to one of the authors of BSD `as', and he agreed that it was a
bug in `as'.

One moral of the story is ``do it the right way, have a flag for broken

;-D on ( Undebugger ) Pardo

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