1 Reply Latest reply on May 4, 2016 4:13 PM by Peter.Damron-Oracle

    [dbx] how to view function arguments within a core file


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      OS version:         5.10

      Processor type:     sparc

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      Hi community,


      Part of my job is to analyze some core files generated by our application to find the root-cause of the crash.

      As far as I can see the binary is not compiled with '-g' option to get debug information

      On the other I have access to the code with Grok


      I've been reading document 'Sun Studio 12 update 1: debugging a program with DBX" but can't find out information on how to view the value of arguments provided to a function.


      For example, I can see the application crashed on 

      =>[9] xx::xx::xx::getLowerLimit(0x0, 0x1b, 0x0, 0x2, 0x2, 0x0), at 0x11206f47c

        [10] xx::xx::xx::xx(0x0, 0x1b, 0x0, 0x2, 0x2, 0x1b), at 0x11206f60c


      I have the address of the function, I've been checking 'dis -a 0x11206f47c' but except that I'm a bit stuck.


      Is there a way for me to know the value of the arguments to the method getLowerLimit?


      Thanks for your help.

        • 1. Re: [dbx] how to view function arguments within a core file

          First, your compiler and tools are old, you should upgrade.

          The current version is Studio 12.4, and 12.5 is in beta.


          On SPARC, the first 6 parameters are passed in registers.

          That output in parentheses is the values in those registers ("%o0-%o5")

          at the time you are viewing the stack trace.

          E.g. "(0x0, 0x1b, 0x0, 0x2, 0x2, 0x0)".


          However, the values in the registers may have been changed

          by the code executed after the call was made.

          You can use "dis" to look at the code

          (between the entry point and the next call site on the backtrace)

          and try to figure out if any of those registers

          still have the value of the incoming parameter

          (or if it was stored to memory somewhere).


          If you can run the program,

          you can "stop in getLowerLimit"

          and the values in those registers should

          be the values of the parameters passed into that routine.


          There are some complications about how parameters are passed,

          if your parameters are not basic types.