[Buildroot] [PATCHv2 3/3] toolchain: mark sysroot as 'safe' path for gdb auto-load

Thomas De Schampheleire patrickdepinguin at gmail.com
Tue Jun 8 15:18:39 UTC 2021

From: Thomas De Schampheleire <thomas.de_schampheleire at nokia.com>

gdb can automatically load certain files as described in [1]. Such files
could install pretty-printers for complex data structures.

libstdcxx (C++ standard library) provided by gcc, is one example of a
library for which such auto-load file is available. But there are other
examples too, like libglib2.

However, gdb will only auto-load files if the file is located in one of the
locations treated as 'safe'. The Buildroot sysroot is not by default in that

Provide a better debugging experience by adding the sysroot to the 'safe'
list, via the gdbinit file prepared by Buildroot.

[1] https://sourceware.org/gdb/onlinedocs/gdb/objfile_002dgdbdotext-file.html

Signed-off-by: Thomas De Schampheleire <thomas.de_schampheleire at nokia.com>
 toolchain/helpers.mk | 3 ++-
 1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/toolchain/helpers.mk b/toolchain/helpers.mk
index 17bc159f3e..dfb2581ed5 100644
--- a/toolchain/helpers.mk
+++ b/toolchain/helpers.mk
@@ -483,7 +483,8 @@ check_toolchain_ssp = \
 gen_gdbinit_file = \
 	mkdir -p $(STAGING_DIR)/usr/share/buildroot/ ; \
-	echo "set sysroot $(STAGING_DIR)" > $(STAGING_DIR)/usr/share/buildroot/gdbinit
+	echo "set sysroot $(STAGING_DIR)" > $(STAGING_DIR)/usr/share/buildroot/gdbinit ; \
+	echo "add-auto-load-safe-path $(STAGING_DIR)" >> $(STAGING_DIR)/usr/share/buildroot/gdbinit
 # Given a path, determine the relative prefix (../) needed to return to the
 # root level. Note that the last component is treated as a file component; use a

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