[KDE/Mac] Review Request 126309: backtrace and demangle for OS X, FreeBSD and Solaris/OpenIndiana

René J.V. Bertin rjvbertin at gmail.com
Thu Dec 10 22:10:50 UTC 2015

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Review request for KDE Software on Mac OS X and KDE Frameworks.

Repository: kdelibs4support


This is a "backport" of the patches to `kdebug.cpp` that enable backtrace and demangling support on OS X, FreeBSD and Solaris/OpenIndiana.
The KDE4 version was discussed here: https://git.reviewboard.kde.org/r/121213/

It seems that change was never incorporated because of a single open issue for which I never found the time (also given that it seemed a bit overkill).

My PC-BSD and Indiana VMs are no longer operational; it seems highly likely that the current code still works but if further testing or polishing is required I'll rather remove the specific parts than bring the VMs online again.


  src/kdecore/kdebug.cpp 6f04dce 

Diff: https://git.reviewboard.kde.org/r/126309/diff/


On Kubuntu 14.04 with various gcc versions and clang; OS X 10.6 - 10.9 with gcc and clang, PC-BSD with clang and on Open Indiana. 

The KDE4 RR raises some doubts concerning checking for only an OS and not compilers (in demangling). I think there is no reason for such doubts: compilers are obliged to co-exist and be compatible nowadays, at least on individual OS families (each platform will have its own default/dominant compiler that is used to build the system libraries). In practice it turns out that gcc and clang use the same C++ mangling scheme. The only difference is in the way `backtrace_symbols()` formats the stack, and that indeed appears to defined the OS rather than by the compiler used.
(Then again I'm willing to stand corrected by someone who has a Linux system built from scratch with clang and libc++, or possibly a Gnu/BSD set-up :))


René J.V. Bertin

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