Bug 1004949 - invalid gdb header
invalid gdb header
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: gdb (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Jan Kratochvil
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2013-09-05 16:09 EDT by xdegaye
Modified: 2013-09-24 19:02 EDT (History)
6 users (show)

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Fixed In Version: gdb-7.6.1-41.fc19
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Last Closed: 2013-09-22 20:30:10 EDT
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Description xdegaye 2013-09-05 16:09:04 EDT
Description of problem:
The Fedora gdb header is:

GNU gdb (GDB) Fedora (7.6-32.fc19)

This is non conformant to GNU coding standards as specified in section
4.7.1 of http://www.gnu.org/prep/standards/standards.html:

    "The first line is meant to be easy for a program to parse; the
    version number proper starts after the last space."

for why this is an annoying bug.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Version 7.6-32.fc19

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1.  Run:
    gdb --version

Actual results:
    GNU gdb (GDB) Fedora (7.6-32.fc19)

Expected results:
    GNU gdb (GDB) Fedora 7.6-32.fc19
Comment 1 xdegaye 2013-09-05 16:19:01 EDT
Note that this is the only mean provided by gdb, for front-ends to
learn the gdb version they are running, wether they are interfacing
with the cli or with gdb/mi.  This is the reason why this line MUST
strictly conform to the GNU coding standards.
Comment 2 Jan Kratochvil 2013-09-09 12:07:41 EDT
It no longer prints the exception
  "cannot find the gdb version"
although pyclewn fails here on some other error.
Comment 3 Fedora Update System 2013-09-09 12:33:21 EDT
gdb-7.6.1-41.fc19 has been submitted as an update for Fedora 19.
Comment 4 Fedora Update System 2013-09-09 12:33:26 EDT
gdb-7.5.1-42.fc18 has been submitted as an update for Fedora 18.
Comment 5 Fedora Update System 2013-09-09 12:33:29 EDT
gdb- has been submitted as an update for Fedora 20.
Comment 6 Fedora Update System 2013-09-09 19:54:01 EDT
Package gdb-7.5.1-42.fc18:
* should fix your issue,
* was pushed to the Fedora 18 testing repository,
* should be available at your local mirror within two days.
Update it with:
# su -c 'yum update --enablerepo=updates-testing gdb-7.5.1-42.fc18'
as soon as you are able to.
Please go to the following url:
then log in and leave karma (feedback).
Comment 7 xdegaye 2013-09-10 06:05:24 EDT
Running debian, so I cannot yum or even use the downloaded and
extracted binary from
(missing shared library).

Since this is the only change at
I did check that pyclewn 1.10 (the latest stable release) now runs
fine after changing the version.in file of upstream gdb 7.5.1 to:

    Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.5.1-42.fc18
    Fedora 7.5.1-42.fc18

Don't know if this is good enough for a karma.
Comment 8 Jan Kratochvil 2013-09-10 06:11:29 EDT
(In reply to xdegaye from comment #7)
> Don't know if this is good enough for a karma.

It is not but anyway thanks for the bugreport.
Comment 9 Fedora Update System 2013-09-22 20:30:10 EDT
gdb- has been pushed to the Fedora 20 stable repository.  If problems still persist, please make note of it in this bug report.
Comment 10 Fedora Update System 2013-09-24 19:00:40 EDT
gdb-7.5.1-42.fc18 has been pushed to the Fedora 18 stable repository.  If problems still persist, please make note of it in this bug report.
Comment 11 Fedora Update System 2013-09-24 19:02:29 EDT
gdb-7.6.1-41.fc19 has been pushed to the Fedora 19 stable repository.  If problems still persist, please make note of it in this bug report.

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