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Re: Use case for -dbg package

On Tue, Oct 30, 2018 at 06:01:38PM -0700, Joseph Herlant wrote:
> I was reviewing Tobias' updates on the use of dbg packages vs dbgsym
> in dev ref and was wondering if there was any other know use cases
> where we cannot use dbgsym over dbg packages for building debugging
> symbols.
> As far as I remember the Python extensions where the ones that were
> not working well with dbgsym (I don't remember why), but I'm wondering
> if there are any other known cases where the dbgsym packages cannot be
> used.

grub2 ships *-dbg packages that contain unstripped GRUB images and
modules, as well as files needed to use GRUB's GDB stub (which can be
used to debug the running boot loader over a serial port).  As well as
needing somewhere for the GDB script files to go, the way that GRUB's
build process produces boot-time-usable images is sufficiently different
from userspace, and indeed platform-specific, that the normal *-dbgsym
process won't work.

I don't think specific exceptions like this need to be called out in the
developers' reference, as long as it remains clear that exceptions for
unusual cases are allowed.

Colin Watson                                       [cjwatson@xxxxxxxxxx]