[Buildroot] [PATCH v2 1/5] package/gdb: rework dependency for C++11

Arnout Vandecappelle arnout at mind.be
Thu Feb 8 00:22:20 UTC 2018

On 07-02-18 18:34, Yann E. MORIN wrote:
> Thomas, All,
> On 2018-02-07 13:36 +0100, Thomas Petazzoni spake thusly:
>> On Wed, 7 Feb 2018 10:58:28 +0100, Yann E. MORIN wrote:
> [--SNIP--]
>>>> +config BR2_PACKAGE_GDB_NEEDS_CXX11
>>>> +	bool
>>>> +	default y
>>>> +	depends on !BR2_GDB_VERSION_7_10
>>>> +	depends on !BR2_GDB_VERSION_7_11
>>>> +	depends on !BR2_GDB_VERSION_7_12  
>>> I would have expected that the various versions would select this,
>>> i.e. something like:
>>>     config BR2_PACKAGE_GDB_NEEDS_CXX11
>>>         bool
>>>     config BR2_GDB_VERSION_7_10
>>>         bool "7.10"
>>>     config BR2_GDB_VERSION_8_0
>>>         bool "8.0"
>>>         select BR2_PACKAGE_GDB_NEEDS_CXX11
>> But this doesn't work; The BR2_GDB_VERSION_8_0 symbol is only enabled
>> if we build a host variant of gdb. If we build just the target
>> variant, then no version is selected at all, and therefore this symbol
>> would not be selected.
> Gah, I missed that...
>> So in fact, even my code is slightly wrong: it becomes correct once the
>> default version of gdb is 8.0, but it is wrong when the default version
>> is still 7.12 (which is the case at the time my patch is introduced).
>> Indeed, when my patch is introduced, 7.12 is the default gdb version,
>> used if you build only the target gdb. When you build just the target
>> gdb version, BR2_GDB_VERSION_7_12 is not enabled, and therefore
>> BR2_PACKAGE_GDB_NEEDS_CXX11=y even if it's not true.
>> So I should adjust that. I could use the BR2_GDB_VERSION string
>> option, which exists regardless of whether host gdb is enabled or not.
>> Or I could rely on BR2_PACKAGE_HOST_GDB somehow.
>> Meh. This is crappy :)
> OK, I think I have an idea about all this mess... But since I can have
> pretty weird ideas, I make no promise that it will materialise into
> something usefull...

 Given this mess, let's ask the question: why do we need version selection to
begin with? For GCC I can still see it (it breaks things), for binutils maybe,
but gdb? Has been pretty stable lately, no?

 That said, the C++11 support is obviously problematic. Since we anyway have the
versioned gdb infrastructure in place now, I would remove the user-visible
choice, but make an automatic choice based on the availability of C++11.

 It still is a little tricky to express, since we want to use 7.12 when
|| (BR2_PACKAGE_HOST_GDB && !BR2_HOST_GCC_AT_LEAST_4_8). Or we would have to
allow varying the gdb version on host and target (which by the way *should* be
OK, but may not be...).

 So I messed around with gdb a bit, I noticed a couple of things.

- gdbserver really needs C++11; some of the shared files in the common directory
are C++ files.

- host-gdb does not build gdbserver. So all the dependencies we have in host-gdb
on the target's toolchain are phony. Or perhaps they are there just in case
target gdb is selected as well, but then it's not expressed very well...

- With the above in mind, the depends on !BR2_TOOLCHAIN_EXTERNAL_GDB_SERVER_COPY
in host-gdb is definitely phony. Perhaps it should be in target gdb?

 Bottom line, I think could be simplified a lot here by removing the version choice.


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