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Author: Luís Ferreira <>
Date:   Sat, 15 Jan 2022 04:10:39 +0000

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diff --git a/content/posts/ b/content/posts/ @@ -80,4 +80,4 @@ You can also read this on the D programming language forum, [here](, and discuss there! -Read about the [previous week](../d-saoc-2021-15/). +Read about the [previous week](../d-saoc-2021-15/) and the [next week](../d-saoc-2021-17/). diff --git a/content/posts/ b/content/posts/ @@ -0,0 +1,112 @@ +--- +title: 'SAOC LLDB D integration: 17th Weekly Update' +date: '2022-01-14T20:49:00+01:00' +tags: ['saoc', 'saoc2021', 'dlang', 'llvm', 'lldb', 'debug', 'debugging', 'dwarf'] +description: "This post describes what I've done on the 17th week of the +Symmetry Autumn of Code 2021, including upstream patches update on the D +demangler and start implementation of support for derived types and more +decoupling on the Clang DWARF parser." +--- + +Hi D community! + +Sorry for being late. I'm here again, to describe what I've done during the +seventeenth week of Symmetry Autumn of Code. + +## LLVM upstream updates + +This week I finished working on the three patches I was working about +demangling and finally merged them in the LLVM upstream: + +- +- +- + +I also added another trivial patch to pass values by reference instead of a +pointer, requested by dblaikie: + +- + +### Bug on LLVM + Clang 13 + +Before merging, I always run the sanitizer on the whole test suite and the +fuzzer I integrated, although I found a regression on recent LLVM + Clang +builds with the sanitizer arguments. You can read more about the issue in +[this]( patch. Briefly, the problem was that +LLVM is compiled with `-fPIC -fno-semantic-interposition` on LLVM + Clang +13.0.0, although, when combined with `-fsanitize` flags, the generated binary +has incorrect PC-relative relocation information on the generated calls making +it fails on linking. Thanks to [MaskRay]( +by helping me diving into this and fixing the problem! + +I got surprised by the fact that this was not caught by the buildbots. When +comparing the LLVM released binaries and Arch Linux binaries the problem was +not reproducible. Probably the patched version Arch Linux distributes had +something to do with it but I didn't get a clear answer. This makes some sense +since Arch Linux compiles with SSP (strong stack protection) by default and +that adds extra calls that, when compiled with `-fPIC` seem to be also +PC-relative. + +That regression made me creating two more trivial patches: + +- +- + +## Extending dumping for derived types + +I started tinkering with derived types, more specifically with `alias`. The +same with built-in types the logic can be extended to other derived types +as well. In DWARF `DW_TAG_typedef_type` is generated whenever a variable is +typed with an `alias`. I did some basic logic to make it work, although I need +to do some decoupling from Clang due to type forwarding. + +I still need to understand how types are forwarded in DWARF, because the types +are read sequentially and a `DW_TAG_typedef_type` can reference an address "in +the future" that points to a `DW_TAG_base_type` which need to be resolved +later. I tried to search how Go plugin did that ([see +diff]( +but `dwarf->ResolveTypeUID` got removed. + +You can consult the source code +[here]( + +## More decoupling on the Clang DWARF Parser + +I was about to decouple `GetContainingClangModuleDIE` and +`GetContainingClangModule` functions, although, my test suite is not running +correctly. LLDB test suite is a nightmare to me and I'm trying to push forward +on more clarity about which tests are marked as Unsupported or Expected to +Fail. I always had this problem since I started working on the LLDB tree +although I took the risk of ignoring them. I couldn't contact `lldb-dev` since +there is some restrictions on the mailing list due to spam and I got not answer +on my subscription request. Finally LLVM moved to +[discourse](, so I created two posts there to +describe my problems: + +- +- + +The first one already got some attention and +[JDevlieghere]( already submitted a +patch. I had no idea that the buildbot infrastructure was open source. I +already have some patches to submit about this topic, including activating Lua +tests, which is failing locally and not tested on the buildbots. + +## What is next? + +Well, I plan to continue working on the custom DWARF Parser for D, including +adding support for other basic stuff like functions. Even though this is the +last weekly update, I'm going to try to keep up with some changes on the LLVM +tree. My goal is to have some minimum support (roughly the same of GDB) on +LLDB 14. I will try to submit the bare minimum support which need to include +some workarounds on the Clang DWARF Parser. This may not be accepted due to +that, but if it does, we can have custom formatters officially on LLDB. I will +try to provide soon some builds for the community of +[this]( branch, +although. + +You can also read this on the D programming language forum, +[here](, +and discuss there! + +Read about the [previous week](../d-saoc-2021-16/).