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Re: ABI regression tester, version 0.0.0pre2.alpha7

> I'm testing it by adding a 50-integer array to the declaration of
> std::nothrow_t.  So tomorrow's log should show a "problem" when the
> std::nothrow object has changed in size from 1 byte to 200.  After verifying
> that everything can work without human handholding, I'll fix the code back
> and start getting real reports on Tuesday.

It looks like this works, thanks. This is the test with switching the binary between trees?


I've attached another kind of tester. I cannot figure out how to
integrate it into the libstdc++-v3/testsuite Makefile, now that this
Makefile has a library as it's target. Maybe it's just late. Maybe
that's the wrong place.

The attached archive has a small c++ program to munge readelf output and
provide output that is a bit easier for people to understand than diff.
It also contains text representations of baselines for 3.2.0 and 3.3.0
exported symbol output, so that if somebody else wants to deal another
way, they can. The goal is to have something that makes it exceptionally
obvious when things break, and why. 

For instance, running this on x86/linux on the 3.3 tree gives:

0 added symbols: 
3 missing symbols: 
0 incompatible symbols: 

This can be improved, but hey. I think it's still useful.

To that end, here is what I propose.

Add 'make check-abi' in libstdc++-v3/testsuite, which is off by default. 

When run, the following:

1) build abi-checker app
2) generate current list of exported symbols from
3) run abi-checker app against known baseline and test list, report issues

Thoughts? This should allow people on x86/linux to verify changes don't
mess with the "stable" 3.2.0 libstdc++ abi.

Obviously, there are issues, some of which are: 

1) as written, sizes of exported object are for x86/linux and may not be
portable to other oses and cpu's... I'm hoping I can get somebody like
Loren (please) to test on x86/BSD to see how far off I am. This isn't a
super big deal to me, because all I was really trying to check was the
list of exported symbols, which should remain constant across cpus (?).
It's easy to change what is being compared, so comparing sizes of
objects can be turned off.

2) testsuite integration
(util subdir? makefile work? checking for all the readelf deps? anyway......) 

3) doesn't test vtable or object layout, or alignment issues. It would
be possible to add at some later date, but the formalization of the abi
checking has to start somewhere. 

4) generating the exported symbol list. Weak symbols cannot be
completely ignored, as a bunch of the template linkage is weak. So, I've
included them. I'm still not exactly sure I'm getting all the exported
symbols but I think this is really close.

blah blah blah.


Attachment: abi_checker.tar.gz
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