Vorbisfile and gdb

William J. Leslie wjl@mcpproductions.com
Thu Dec 15 19:20:00 GMT 2005

It seems that running any program linked with vorbisfile in gdb causes gdb to hang immediately at the beginning of the program, even before reaching main().  Note, everything works fine outside the debugger!

I've simplified it to a very basic sanity check:

#include <stdio.h>
extern int ov_open;

main (int argc, char **argv)
  printf ("ov_open is 0x%08x\n", &ov_open);
  return 0;

And here's the test:
$ gcc -g -o blah.exe blah.c $(pkg-config --cflags vorbisfile) $(pkg-config --libs vorbisfile)
$ ./blah
ov_open is 0x004010a0
$ gdb blah.exe
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(gdb) b mainCRTStartup
Breakpoint 1 at 0x401006
(gdb) r
Starting program: /home/wjl/projects/test/blah.exe

-- GDB and Blah.exe both hang at this point.

It seems that the mere presence of any symbol from vorbisfile, anywhere in the program, causes gdb to hang at the beginning of the program.  Does anyone else's gdb have the same behaviour?  If this is a widespread problem, I suppose it is a bug in gdb.  Please verify.


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