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[Bug gas/20648] New: over cautious .cfi_sections consistency check

From: mpf at gcc dot gnu.org
Subject: [Bug gas/20648] New: over cautious .cfi_sections consistency check
Date: Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:40:30 +0000


            Bug ID: 20648
           Summary: over cautious .cfi_sections consistency check
           Product: binutils
           Version: 2.28 (HEAD)
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P2
         Component: gas
          Assignee: unassigned at sourceware dot org
          Reporter: mpf at gcc dot gnu.org
  Target Milestone: ---

Created attachment 9538
  --> https://sourceware.org/bugzilla/attachment.cgi?id=9538&action=edit
Proposed patch

.cfi_sections had consistency checking added as part of support for new compact
eh_frame sections.  The original check was simply to disallow any variation in
the sections specified when multiple .cfi_sections directives were seen.  This
caused some issues as the directive is supposed to allow additional sections to
be listed via multiple instances.

As it happens the original compact eh support did not actually prevent
switching to the compact form if the first .cfi_sections came after the first
CFI data:

        .cfi_sections .eh_frame_entry

The fix for PR gas/19614 fixed both the issues above but ended up still left
the consistency check more aggressive that it needs to be.

For background... the need for the consistency check comes from the change in
behavior of all the other .cfi* directives depending on whether the original or
compact form of eh_frame is to be generated.

Other non-GCC users of gas however now face a change in behavior that is not
technically necessary. I.e. llvm as per

A reasonable fix would be to make the consistency check specifically about the
one problem case where one turns on compact EH after emitting CFI data. This
could be done by looking at the compact_eh global changing from false to true
(when cfi_sections_set is true) but that would allow the following which may be

        .cfi_sections .eh_frame_entry
        .cfi_sections .eh_frame

I.e. the use of .eh_frame may mean a user expects the non-compact form.

Instead we can check if a new .cfi_sections specifies either of .eh_frame or
.eh_frame_entry and if so verifies whether this is now different from what was
there before.  Specifically it means the testcase directly above is rejected
and the one below is accepted:

        .cfi_sections .eh_frame
        .cfi_sections .debug_frame

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