Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 729006
Debuginfo package issues in groff
Last modified: 2013-04-25 10:30:02 EDT
Several problems related to debuginfo were found in the groff-126.96.36.199-21.el6 package. These issues might affect crash analysis done by Automatic Bug Reporting Tool and its retrace server, and also prevent proper debugging of crashes via GDB.
Source file missing in debuginfo package
Multiple source files that were used by the compiler to generate a binary are missing from the debuginfo package. This is usually caused by the build script creating temporary source files during the build and deleting them after usage, or by moving source files between directories. Missing source files in debuginfo packages make debugging of crashes more difficult.
debuginfo package: groff-debuginfo-188.8.131.52-21.el6.i686
debuginfo file: /usr/lib/debug/usr/bin/refer.debug
missing source: /usr/src/debug/groff-184.108.40.206/src/preproc/refer/y.tab.c
debuginfo file: /usr/lib/debug/usr/bin/eqn.debug
missing source: /usr/src/debug/groff-220.127.116.11/src/preproc/eqn/y.tab.c
debuginfo file: /usr/lib/debug/usr/bin/pic.debug
missing source: /usr/src/debug/groff-18.104.22.168/src/preproc/pic/y.tab.c
Please consider changing the package build script (if that is the cause of this issue) to keep the source files on their compilation place, so rpmbuild can find them when generating debuginfo package.
No .debug_info section in a debug file
When a binary is compiled without gcc's -g option, no debugging information is generated and rpmbuild creates almost-empty debuginfo file, which cannot be used for debugging. Please fix the package build process to use $RPM_OPT_FLAGS, which include the -g option among others.
This issue can be investigated and tested by using eu-readelf tool from the elfutils package. Use `eu-readelf --section-headers /usr/lib/debug/usr/bin/<debuginfofile>.debug` to see if debuginfo file contains .debug_info section. It is supposed to be there.
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y.tab.c shouldn't be important for debugging, it's temporary file used by yacc
missing .debug_info section in gxditview is probably because this binary is conditionally compiled, the rest of the binaries has .debug_info section; also gxditview has .debug_info section in Fedora
I don't think this is worth fixing, so closing as WONTFIX