[PATCH] os: Prevent backtrace from being stopped in noreturn functions.

Oliver McFadden oliver.mcfadden at nokia.com
Sun Feb 28 23:42:58 PST 2010

From: Ylimaki Rami (EXT-Vincit/Tampere) <ext-rami.ylimaki at nokia.com>

There are two noreturn functions in the X server: FatalError and
AbortServer. Having any of those two functions in the middle of a call
stack will prevent unwinding the program properly and stops the
backtrace at those functions in gdb.

The file containing FatalError and AbortServer, os/log.c, has to be
compiled with the -mapcs-frame option on ARM to get proper
backtraces. Automake imposes its own restrictions on compiling
individual source files with different options. The recommended way to
do this is to put os/log.c into a convenience library and add this
library inside os/libos.la. See the documentation of GNU Automake
manual, version 1.11.1, section 27.8 Per-Object Flags Emulation, for

Signed-off-by: Rami Ylimaki <ext-rami.ylimaki at nokia.com>
 configure.ac   |    3 +++
 os/Makefile.am |   15 +++++++++++++++
 2 files changed, 18 insertions(+), 0 deletions(-)

diff --git a/configure.ac b/configure.ac
index b9c7574..acedf74 100644
--- a/configure.ac
+++ b/configure.ac
@@ -315,6 +315,9 @@ AC_CHECK_HEADER([execinfo.h],[
+dnl arm needs additional compiler flags for proper backtraces
+AM_CONDITIONAL(ARM_BACKTRACE, [test "x$build_cpu" = xarm])
 dnl ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
 dnl Bus options and CPU capabilities.  Replaces logic in
 dnl hw/xfree86/os-support/bus/Makefile.am, among others.
diff --git a/os/Makefile.am b/os/Makefile.am
index 66a4a0f..61d2179 100644
--- a/os/Makefile.am
+++ b/os/Makefile.am
@@ -5,7 +5,22 @@ AM_CFLAGS = $(DIX_CFLAGS) $(SHA1_CFLAGS)
 SECURERPC_SRCS = rpcauth.c
 XDMCP_SRCS = xdmcp.c
 STRLCAT_SRCS = strlcat.c strlcpy.c
+# Build a convenience library liblog.la that will be added into
+# libos.la. The split is done so that log.c can be built with
+# different compiler options.
+noinst_LTLIBRARIES += liblog.la
+libos_la_LIBADD = liblog.la
+liblog_la_SOURCES = log.c
+# Add flags needed for proper backtraces of functions marked with GCC
+# __attribute__((noreturn)). Currently those flags are needed for
+# FatalError and AbortServer in log.c.
+liblog_la_CFLAGS = $(AM_CFLAGS) -mapcs-frame
 XORG_SRCS = log.c
 libos_la_SOURCES = 	\
 	WaitFor.c	\

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