Recent versions of GDB (and probably older ones too, but not checked) crash with and abort when loading the non-stripped 32-bit PPC QEMU build. This is due to a bug in GDB on reading stab symbols. The only place in OpenBIOS where stab symbols are generated is in libgcc/crtsavres.S, which was copied from the linux kernel.
Symbols that were defined in the stabs section are still able to be seen in GDB after stabs removal. There does not appear to be a loss in debugging functionality.
 https://sourceware.org/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=28900  https://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/torvalds/linux.git/tree/arch...
Signed-off-by: Glenn Washburn firstname.lastname@example.org --- libgcc/crtsavres.S | 4 ---- 1 file changed, 4 deletions(-)
diff --git a/libgcc/crtsavres.S b/libgcc/crtsavres.S index 40bd736..8a77ba1 100644 --- a/libgcc/crtsavres.S +++ b/libgcc/crtsavres.S @@ -76,13 +76,9 @@ GLUE(.,name):
#define _GLOBAL(n) \ .text; \ - .stabs __stringify(n:F-1),N_FUN,0,0,n;\ .globl n; \ n:
-/* some stab codes */ -#define N_FUN 36 - #endif
/* arch/powerpc/lib/crtsavres.S continues */