Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 221026
gdb internal error with incomplete type
Last modified: 2015-01-07 19:15:18 EST
+++ This bug was initially created as a clone of Bug #135488 +++
When attaching to a process and doing a backtrace, the following
assertion failure occurs:
internal-error: make_cv_type: Assertion `TYPE_OBJFILE (*typeptr) ==
TYPE_OBJFILE (type) || TYPE_STUB (*typeptr)' failed.
This is due to code in gdbtypes.c:check_typedef:
/* If this is a struct/class/union with no fields, then check whether a
full definition exists somewhere else. This is for systems where a
type definition with no fields is issued for such types, instead of
identifying them as stub types in the first place */
if (TYPE_IS_OPAQUE (type) && opaque_type_resolution &&
char *name = type_name_no_tag (type);
struct type *newtype;
if (name == NULL)
stub_noname_complaint (); return type;
newtype = lookup_transparent_type (name);
make_cv_type (is_const, is_volatile, newtype, &type);
What's happening is the type returned by lookup_transparent_type is
from a shared library that the process loads, but the original
incomplete type reference is from the application binary. So the
objfile entries in the types differ, causing the assertion failure of
TYPE_OBJFILE (*typeptr) == TYPE_OBJFILE (type).
I can workaround this with the attached patch, but I'm not sure it's
the right thing. This just forces the type to be treated as a STUB.
-- Additional comment from firstname.lastname@example.org on 2004-10-12 20:17 EST --
Created an attachment (id=105103)
-- Additional comment from email@example.com on 2006-12-30 10:00 EST --
Created an attachment (id=144581)
Reproducibility testcase (not gdb testsuite style).
-- Additional comment from firstname.lastname@example.org on 2006-12-30 10:01 EST --
Bug present on RHEL3U8.i386 and RHEL4U4.i386.
But not present on RHEL5.i386.
This request was evaluated by Red Hat Product Management for inclusion in a Red
Hat Enterprise Linux maintenance release. Product Management has requested
further review of this request by Red Hat Engineering, for potential
inclusion in a Red Hat Enterprise Linux Update release for currently deployed
products. This request is not yet committed for inclusion in an Update
The crash fix was committed before for RHEL-3.9:
* Sat Mar 24 2007 Jan Kratochvil <email@example.com> - 220.127.116.11-1.138
- Fixed crash on cross-file resolving of opaque types (BZ 135488).
Still the function is incorrect in such case. Proposing this patch for RHEL-4.
The right fix was committed to Rawhide in Bug 233716 and accepted upstream:
* Sat Mar 24 2007 Jan Kratochvil <firstname.lastname@example.org> - 6.6-8
- Use definition of an empty structure as it is not an opaque type (BZ 233716).
Backport of upstream fix. Test included. Prevents crash.
An advisory has been issued which should help the problem
described in this bug report. This report is therefore being
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