[PATCH] add -ltrans-objects lto-plugin debug option

Richard Biener rguenther@suse.de
Tue Jun 22 06:49:49 GMT 2021

This adds a -ltrans-objects option to lto-plugin that by-passes
lto-wrapper invocation and instead feeds LD the final LTRANS objects
directly from the response file given as argument to the option.
This allows LD issues involving the linker-plugin path to be
debugged in an easier way with just the IR objects (their symtab)
and the LTRANS objects as testcase.

I've tested the path re-building stage2 build/genmatch from an
LTO bootstrap and got a bit-identical executable by adding
-plugin-opt=-ltrans-objects=y to the original collect2 invocation,
seeding y with the final objects as printed by building genmatch
with -save-temps -v.

Bootstrapped and tested on x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu.


2021-06-22  Richard Biener  <rguenther@suse.de>

	* lto-plugin.c (ltrans_objects): New global.
	(all_symbols_read_handler): If -ltrans-objects was specified,
	add the output files from the specified file directly.
	(process_option): Handle -ltrans-objects.
 lto-plugin/lto-plugin.c | 12 ++++++++++++
 1 file changed, 12 insertions(+)

diff --git a/lto-plugin/lto-plugin.c b/lto-plugin/lto-plugin.c
index ff79f4ac462..6ab9822f369 100644
--- a/lto-plugin/lto-plugin.c
+++ b/lto-plugin/lto-plugin.c
@@ -190,6 +190,8 @@ static int lto_wrapper_num_args;
 static char **pass_through_items = NULL;
 static unsigned int num_pass_through_items;
+static char *ltrans_objects = NULL;
 static bool debug;
 static bool save_temps;
 static bool verbose;
@@ -739,6 +741,14 @@ all_symbols_read_handler (void)
       return LDPS_OK;
+  if (ltrans_objects)
+    {
+      FILE *objs = fopen (ltrans_objects, "r");
+      add_output_files (objs);
+      fclose (objs);
+      return LDPS_OK;
+    }
   lto_argv = (char **) xcalloc (sizeof (char *), num_lto_args);
   lto_arg_ptr = (const char **) lto_argv;
   assert (lto_wrapper_argv);
@@ -1345,6 +1355,8 @@ process_option (const char *option)
+  else if (startswith (option, "-ltrans-objects="))
+    ltrans_objects = xstrdup (option + strlen ("-ltrans-objects="));
       int size;

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