Bug 983941 - eu-addr2line exits with return code 1 if it gets stderr|stdout as parameter
eu-addr2line exits with return code 1 if it gets stderr|stdout as parameter
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5
Classification: Red Hat
Component: elfutils (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Petr Machata
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Reported: 2013-07-12 07:03 EDT by Dagmar Prokopová
Modified: 2015-05-04 21:38 EDT (History)
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Description Dagmar Prokopová 2013-07-12 07:03:06 EDT
Description of problem:
When there is stderr, stdout or any other nonnumeric literal set as the parameter for eu-addr2line it exits with return code 1 without any other complaint or additional explanation. If addr2line from binutils is used instead, it shows ??:0 as the output and exits with code 0.

On rhel6 and higher eu-addr2line works fine (??:0 as the output and exit code 0 for stderr|stdout and warning 'eu-addr2line: cannot find symbol...' for any other nonnumeric string).

If this behaviour is intended on rhel5, it would be IMHO nice to provide at least a message like 'eu-addr2line: cannot find symbol 'stderr''.

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How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:

$ cat reproducer.c
#include <stdio.h>
int main()
    printf("hallo universe\n");
    return 0;

$ gcc -g reproducer.c
$ eu-addr2line -e a.out stderr
$ echo $?

Actual results:
$ eu-addr2line -e a.out stderr
$ echo $?

Expected results:
$ eu-addr2line -e a.out stderr
$ echo $?

Additional info:
If I set any hexadecimal address as a parameter it works all right:

$ eu-addr2line -e a.out 0x400550
$ echo $?

The problem is only with stderr|stdout|any_other_nonnumeric_literal.
Comment 1 Mark Wielaard 2013-08-09 19:37:28 EDT
elfutils-0.137 doesn't handle eu-addr2line for "SYMBOL" (reliably), for that it needs at least this upstream patch:

commit 12e3d1f733cdb590a379a761ee092487931b8109
Author: Roland McGrath <roland@redhat.com>
Date:   Wed May 19 18:03:31 2010 -0700

    addr2line: Handle SYMBOL without +OFFSET.

which was only introduced in elfutils 0.148.

There might be other backport patches needed to make your use case work.

rhel-6 contains elfutils 0.152.
Comment 2 Mark Wielaard 2013-08-10 07:49:51 EDT
BTW. There is elfutils (0.154) for DTS (Developer Tool Set) which is available for RHEL5 x86_64 and i686.
Comment 3 mbenitez 2013-08-19 10:35:59 EDT
Developer recommendation is to use elfutils from DTS.
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