[committed,2/2] MIPS: Don't use a 32-bit BFD architecture with a 64-bit ABI

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Maciej W. Rozycki Feb. 26, 2018, 7:46 p.m.
Select `bfd_mach_mips4000', which corresponds to the MIPS III ISA, the 
earlies with 64-bit support, whenever a 32-bit BFD architecture has been 
chosen to use with a 64-bit ABI.  The situation can happen in a few 

1. When the user has used `set architecture' or `set mips abi' commands 
   to override automatic selection and then starts a debug session by 
   requesting to run, attach or connect to a target.

2. In native debugging when reattaching to a previously debugged process
   where the program to be debugged has been since discarded, as 
   observed with:

FAIL: gdb.base/attach.exp: attach2, with no file (GDB internal error)

   in n32 and n64 regression testing.

3. In remote debugging with a non-XML debug stub when discarding the
   program to be debugged while connected to the remote target, as 
   observed with:

FAIL: gdb.base/break-unload-file.exp: cmdline: always-inserted on: break: file (GDB internal error)

   in n32 and n64 regression testing.

In the latter two cases the ABI, quite rightfully, is retained while the 
program to be debugged is discarded.  This is because in that case the 
ABI previously determined is carried over along with `gdbarch' in use, 
which is retained.  The BFD architecture is however discarded and the 
default then applies, because it is not attached to `gdbarch'.

In all these cases we trip with an internal error message as follows:

.../gdb/mips-tdep.c:766: internal-error: bad register size
A problem internal to GDB has been detected,
further debugging may prove unreliable.
Quit this debugging session? (y or n) n

This is a bug, please report it.  For instructions, see:

coming from `mips_pseudo_register_read', because the raw register width 
inferred from the BFD architecture turns out to be 4 for the general 
registers while the cooked register width inferred from the ABI in 
effect is 8.

We do not hit this internal error in remote debugging with an XML debug 
stub, because in that case raw register width information is passed by 
the stub along with the XML target description.

Ultimately I think we ought to make the BFD architecture sticky like the 
ABI, however in the interim this simple fix will do, removing the error 
across all three cases.  The case where the user has used `set mips abi' 
or `set architecture' commands has to be handled anyway, and although a 
more sophisticated solution could be envisaged, such as reporting an 
error with the respective `set' command, I think this is too much of a
corner case to bother.

	* mips-tdep.c (mips_gdbarch_init): Don't use a 32-bit BFD 
	architecture with a 64-bit ABI.
 gdb/mips-tdep.c |    8 ++++++++
 1 file changed, 8 insertions(+)



Index: binutils/gdb/mips-tdep.c
--- binutils.orig/gdb/mips-tdep.c	2017-12-14 10:32:34.439700558 +0000
+++ binutils/gdb/mips-tdep.c	2017-12-14 10:34:14.003034347 +0000
@@ -8185,6 +8185,14 @@  mips_gdbarch_init (struct gdbarch_info i
     fprintf_unfiltered (gdb_stdlog, "mips_gdbarch_init: mips_abi = %d\n",
+  /* Make sure we don't use a 32-bit architecture with a 64-bit ABI.  */
+  if (mips_abi != MIPS_ABI_EABI32
+      && mips_abi != MIPS_ABI_O32
+      && info.bfd_arch_info != NULL
+      && info.bfd_arch_info->arch == bfd_arch_mips
+      && info.bfd_arch_info->bits_per_word < 64)
+    info.bfd_arch_info = bfd_lookup_arch (bfd_arch_mips, bfd_mach_mips4000);
   /* Determine the default compressed ISA.  */
   if ((elf_flags & EF_MIPS_ARCH_ASE_MICROMIPS) != 0
       && (elf_flags & EF_MIPS_ARCH_ASE_M16) == 0)