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Re: [PATCH] Add --with-static-standard-libraries to the top level

On 08/08/19 14:53 -0600, Jeff Law wrote:
On 8/5/19 12:02 PM, Tom Tromey wrote:
gdb should normally not be linked with -static-libstdc++.  Currently
this has not caused problems, but it's incompatible with catching an
exception thrown from a shared library -- and a subsequent patch
changes gdb to do just this.

This patch adds a new --with-static-standard-libraries flag to the
top-level configure.  It defaults to "auto", which means enabled if
gcc is being built, and disabled otherwise.


2019-07-27  Tom Tromey  <>

	* configure: Rebuild.
	* Add --with-static-standard-libraries.
Deferring to Jon.

It might be worth reviewing:

And this thread:

While I NAK'd Aldy's patch in the email thread, if Jon thinks we should
have this capability I won't object.

The new option (and its default value) seem reasonable to me. I don't
see why GDB should be forced to link to libstdc++.a just because GCC
wants to.

What I don't understand is why GDB crashes. It should still be able to
catch exceptions from a shared library even if linked to libstdc++.a,
unless the static libstdc++.a is somehow incompatible with the shared the shared lib linked to.

Is this on GNU/Linux, or something with a different linking model?

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