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A tool to dump ABI of an ELF object containing DWARF debug info.

September 2017
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abi-dumper - a tool to dump ABI of an ELF object containing DWARF debug info


NAME: ABI Dumper (abi-dumper) Dump ABI of an ELF object containing DWARF debug info DESCRIPTION: ABI Dumper is a tool for dumping ABI information of an ELF object containing DWARF debug info. The tool is intended to be used with ABI Compliance Checker tool for tracking ABI changes of a C/C++ library or kernel module. This tool is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU LGPL or GNU GPL. USAGE: abi-dumper [options] [object] EXAMPLES: abi-dumper -o ABI.dump abi-dumper Module.ko.debug -o ABI.dump INFORMATION OPTIONS: -h|-help Print this help. -v|-version Print version information. -dumpversion Print the tool version (1.1) and don't do anything else. GENERAL OPTIONS: -o|-output PATH Path to the output ABI dump file. Default: ./ABI.dump -sort Sort data in ABI dump. -stdout Print ABI dump to stdout. -loud Print all warnings. -vnum NUM Set version of the library to NUM. -extra-info DIR Dump extra analysis info to DIR. -bin-only Do not dump information about inline functions, pure virtual functions and non-exported global data. -all-types Dump unused data types. -all-symbols Dump symbols not exported by the object. -symbols-list PATH Specify a file with a list of symbols that should be dumped. -skip-cxx Do not dump stdc++ and gnu c++ symbols. -all Equal to: -all-types -all-symbols. -dump-static Dump static (local) symbols. -compare OLD.dump NEW.dump Show added/removed symbols between two ABI dumps. -alt PATH Path to the alternate debug info (Fedora). It is detected automatically from gnu_debugaltlink section of the input object if not specified. -dir Show full paths of source files. -vt-dumper PATH Path to the vtable-dumper executable if it is installed to non-default location (not in PATH). -public-headers PATH Path to directory with public header files or to file with the list of header files. This option allows one to filter out private symbols from the ABI dump. -ignore-tags PATH Path to ignore.tags file to help ctags tool to read symbols in header files. -ctags-def DEF Add -D DEF option to the ctags call. This option may be specified multiple times. -reimplement-std Do nothing. -mixed-headers This option should be specified if you are using -public-headers option and the names of public headers intersect with the internal headers. -kernel-export Dump symbols exported by the Linux kernel and modules, i.e. symbols declared in the ksymtab section of the object and system calls. -search-debuginfo DIR Search for debug-info files referenced from gnu_debuglink section of the object in DIR. -keep-registers-and-offsets Dump used registers and stack offsets even if incompatible build options detected. -all-units Extract ABI info after reading all compilation units from the debug info. This may require a lot of extra RAM memory. By default all compilation units are processed separately. -quiet Do not warn about incompatible build options. -debug Enable debug messages. EXTRA OPTIONS: -use-tu-dump Use g++ -fdump-translation-unit instead of ctags to list symbols in headers. This may be useful if all functions are declared via macros in headers and ctags can't recognize them. -include-preamble PATHS Specify header files (separated by semicolon) that should be included before others to compile without errors. -include-paths DIRS Specify include directories (separated by semicolon) that should be passed to the compiler by -I option in order to compile headers without errors. If this option is not set then the tool will try to generate include paths automatically. -cache-headers DIR Cache headers analysis results to reuse later. -lambda Enable support for lambda and checking of lexical blocks. Define it if your C++ library API functions use lambda expressions. -ld-library-path PATHS Specify paths to add to LD_LIBRARY_PATH variable before executing vtable-dumper (separated by colon). By default lexical blocks are not analyzed to improve performance.


This manual page was written by Mathieu Malaterre <> for the Debian GNU/Linux system (but may be used by others). Written by Andrey Ponomarenko.
Copyright © 2017 Andrey Ponomarenko's ABI Laboratory License: LGPL or GPL <> This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it.
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