JDK-8036003: Add variable not to separate debug information.

David Holmes david.holmes at oracle.com
Fri Feb 28 15:47:37 PST 2014

On 1/03/2014 1:38 AM, Yasumasa Suenaga wrote:
>> The proper way to fix this is to disable FDS.
> Does this mean I have to pass --disable-debug-symbols to configure ?
> I've added comment to JDK-8036003, I think if we pass --disable-debug-symbols
> to configure, gcc/g++ is not passed -g option. "-g" is needed to generate
> debuginfo.

There are three pieces to all of this:

1. Generating debug symbols in the binaries (via gcc -g or whatever)
2. Generating debuginfo files (zipped or not) (FDS)
3. Stripping debug symbols from the binaries (strip-policy)

It may be that we don't have clean separation between them, and if so
that should be fixed, but I don't see the current proposal as the way

Also there may well be differences between how things are handled on the
JDK side and hotspot side.

I will try to look closer if I get a chance but my time is limited at
the moment.


> Thanks,
> Yasumasa
> On 2014/02/28 23:04, Daniel D. Daugherty wrote:
>> The proper way to fix this is to disable FDS. We should not need
>> yet another option to control debug info.
>> Dan
>> On 2/28/14 4:13 AM, David Holmes wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> As I put in the bug report this seems way too complicated. Seems to me
>>> all you need to do to get what you want is not use FDS and not strip the
>>> symbols from the binary. The former is trivial. The latter is more
>>> awkward as the strip policy stuff does not work as I would want it to
>>> work, but still doable.
>>> David
>>> On 28/02/2014 7:18 PM, Yasumasa Suenaga wrote:
>>>> Hi all,
>>>> Currently, configure script can accept --disable-debug-symbols and
>>>> --disable-zip-debug-info as controlling to generate debug information.
>>>> However, current makefiles cannot build ELF binaries which is contained
>>>> debug information with "images" target.
>>>> Some Linux distros use RPM as package manager.
>>>> RPM is built by rpmbuild command, it strips symbols and debug information
>>>> during to generate rpm packages.
>>>> https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Packaging:Debuginfo
>>>> For example, OpenJDK8 in Fedora20 ships libjvm.so and libjvm.debuginfo .
>>>> libjvm.debuginfo is generated in OpenJDK's makefiles, however it does not
>>>> contain debug information. Actual debug information is shipped by OpenJDK
>>>> debuginfo package.
>>>> This packaging is important when we have to debug JVM/JNI libraries.
>>>> If we want to use debugging tools (GDB, SystemTap, etc...), they may requires
>>>> debuginfo package. Debuggee (e.g. libjvm.so) points libjvm.so.debug which is
>>>> located at sub directory in /usr/lib/debug . It is defined in ELF section
>>>> (.note.gnu.build-id) of libjvm.so . However libjvm.so.debug does not contain
>>>> valid debug information. We need to access libjvm.debuginfo.debug at same location.
>>>> When we think to build OpenJDK rpm packages, we have to build ELF binaries
>>>> which contain all debug information. we should not to separate debug information.
>>>> Thus I want to add a variable "SEPARATED_DEBUGINFO_FILES" .
>>>> If we pass "SEPARATED_DEBUGINFO_FILES=false" to make command, "make" does not
>>>> execute objcopy command for generating debuginfo binaries.
>>>> If we build rpm packages, we also have to add "STRIP_POLICY=no_strip" to arguments
>>>> of make command. Or ELF binaries will be stripped.
>>>> I've uploaded webrev for this enhancement.
>>>> This is separated 3-part: top of forest, hotspot, jdk
>>>> http://cr.openjdk.java.net/~ysuenaga/JDK-8036003/
>>>> Please review it and sponsoring!
>>>> Thanks,
>>>> Yasumasa
>>>> P.S.
>>>>      I tried to add SEPARATED_DEBUGINFO_FILES as a configure option like
>>>>      "--disable-separated-debug-info" .
>>>>      I ran configure which is located at jdk9/dev directory after I ran autoconf
>>>>      and common/autoconf/autogen.sh. However it failed.
>>>>      I guess this is caused by changeset as below.
>>>>         JDK-8035495: Improvements in autoconf integration
>>>>         http://hg.openjdk.java.net/jdk9/dev/rev/6e29cd9ac2b4
>>>>      This changes add "CHECKME" option to configure script. However, this changes
>>>>      affects "configure" only. It should change "configure.ac" .

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