Bug 832240 - breakpoint at numerical address corrupts other breakpoints
breakpoint at numerical address corrupts other breakpoints
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: gdb (Show other bugs)
powerpc Linux
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Assigned To: Jan Kratochvil
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Reported: 2012-06-14 20:18 EDT by John Reiser
Modified: 2015-02-17 09:17 EST (History)
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Description John Reiser 2012-06-14 20:18:15 EDT
Description of problem: Setting a breakpoint at a numerical address changes the breakpoint address for each existing breakpoint, thus corrupting the breakpoint table.

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How reproducible: every time

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Compile the test program
----- bugtest.c
main() { bug(); }
----- bug.S
bug: .globl bug
2. Invoke gdb on the program of step 1.  Plant a breakpoint at the numerical address of L100 and L200:
(gdb) x/i L100
   0x10000438 <L100>:	nop
(gdb) b *$_
Breakpoint 1 at 0x10000438: file bug.S, line 4.
(gdb) x/i L200
   0x1000043c <L200>:	nop
(gdb) b *$_
Breakpoint 2 at 0x1000043c: file bug.S, line 6.
(gdb) info breakpoint
Num     Type           Disp Enb Address    What
1       breakpoint     keep y   0x10000438 bug.S:4
2       breakpoint     keep y   0x1000043c bug.S:6

3. Run the gdb target program.  See which breakpoint is hit, and display all breakpoints:
(gdb) run
Breakpoint 1, L200 () at bug.S:6
6		nop
(gdb) info breakpoint
Num     Type           Disp Enb Address    What
1       breakpoint     keep y   0x1000043c bug.S:6
	breakpoint already hit 1 time
2       breakpoint     keep y   0x1000043c bug.S:6
	breakpoint already hit 1 time
(gdb) x/i $pc
=> 0x1000043c <L200>:	nop

Actual results:  Notice that execution stopped first at L200 instead of L100, and that all the breakpoints are at 0x1000043c which is L200.  The address of every breakpoint has been set to the address of the last-entered breakpoint.

Expected results:  Stop first at L100, and with no clobbered breakpoints.

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Comment 1 Jan Kratochvil 2012-06-14 22:52:08 EDT
The problem is you used $_ in the breakpoint expression.  GDB remembers it as during some situations it re-evaluates all these stored expressions (breakpoint_re_set).

An improvement to avoid this confusion could be to print a warning if '$_' (or '$') are used in a breakpoint expression.
Comment 2 John Reiser 2012-06-15 10:13:19 EDT
It's a bug that "info breakpoint" does not reveal what breakpoint_re_set will do to the addresses (and conditional guards, or any other part of the specification for the breakpoints.)

It's a bug that there is any confusion between 'eval' and 'quote'.  What's the syntax for distinguishing between the two evaluation modes?

"break *" should use 'eval' mode (the resulting numerical hardware breakpoint address never changes); contrast "break *&L100" with "break &L100" and "break L100".

"break L100" actually puts the breakpoint at 8+L100.  I was using "x/i L100; b *$_" in an effort to get the correct address.
Comment 3 Fedora End Of Life 2013-04-03 11:08:37 EDT
This bug appears to have been reported against 'rawhide' during the Fedora 19 development cycle.
Changing version to '19'.

(As we did not run this process for some time, it could affect also pre-Fedora 19 development
cycle bugs. We are very sorry. It will help us with cleanup during Fedora 19 End Of Life. Thank you.)

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