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NAME         top

       abidw - serialize the ABI of an ELF file

       abidw reads a shared library in ELF format and emits an XML represen‐
       tation of its ABI to standard  output.   The  emitted  representation
       includes all the globally defined functions and variables, along with
       a complete representation of their types.  It also includes a  repre‐
       sentation of the globally defined ELF symbols of the file.  The input
       shared library must contain associated  debug  information  in  DWARF

INVOCATION         top

          abidw [options] [<path-to-elf-file>]

OPTIONS         top

          · --help | -h

            Display a short help about the command and exit.

          · --version | -v

            Display the version of the program and exit.

          · --debug-info-dir | -d <dir-path>

            In cases where the debug info for path-to-elf-file is in a
            separate file that is located in a non-standard place, this
            tells abidw where to look for that debug info file.

            Note that dir-path must point to the root directory under which
            the debug information is arranged in a tree-like manner.  Under
            Red Hat based systems, that directory is usually

            Note that this option is not mandatory for split debug
            information installed by your system's package manager because
            then abidw knows where to find it.

          · --out-file <file-path>

            This option instructs abidw to emit the XML representation of
            path-to-elf-file into the file file-path, rather than emitting
            it to its standard output.

          · --noout

            This option instructs abidw to not emit the XML representation
            of the ABI.  So it only reads the ELF and debug information,
            builds the internal representation of the ABI and exits.  This
            option is usually useful for debugging purposes.

          · --no-corpus-path

            Do not emit the path attribute for the ABI corpus.

          · --suppressions | suppr <path-to-suppression-specifications-file>

            Use a suppression specification file located at
            path-to-suppression-specifications-file.  Note that this option
            can appear multiple times on the command line.  In that case,
            all of the provided suppression specification files are taken
            into account.  ABI artifacts matched by the suppression
            specifications are suppressed from the output of this tool.

          · --headers-dir | --hd <headers-directory-path-1>

            Specifies where to find the public headers of the first shared
            library that the tool has to consider.  The tool will thus
            filter out types that are not defined in public headers.

          · --no-linux-kernel-mode

            Without this option, if abipkgiff detects that the binaries it
            is looking at are Linux Kernel binaries (either vmlinux or
            modules) then it only considers functions and variables which
            ELF symbols are listed in the __ksymtab and __ksymtab_gpl

            With this option, abipkgdiff considers the binary as a
            non-special ELF binary.  It thus considers functions and
            variables which are defined and exported in the ELF sense.

          · --check-alternate-debug-info <elf-path>

            If the debug info for the file elf-path contains a reference to
            an alternate debug info file, abidw checks that it can find that
            alternate debug info file.  In that case, it emits a meaningful
            success message mentioning the full path to the alternate debug
            info file found.  Otherwise, it emits an error code.

          · --no-show-locs
              Do not show information about where in the second shared
              library the respective type was changed.

          · --check-alternate-debug-info-base-name <elf-path>

            Like --check-alternate-debug-info, but in the success message,
            only mention the base name of the debug info file; not its full

          · --load-all-types

            By default, libabigail (and thus abidw) only loads types that
            are reachable from functions and variables declarations that are
            publicly defined and exported by the binary.  So only those
            types are present in the output of abidw.  This option however
            makes abidw load all the types defined in the binaries, even
            those that are not reachable from public declarations.

          · --abidiff
              Load the ABI of the ELF binary given in argument, save it in
              libabigail's XML format in a temporary file; read the ABI from
              the temporary XML file and compare the ABI that has been read
              back against the ABI of the ELF binary given in argument.  The
              ABIs should compare equal.  If they don't, the program emits a
              diagnostic and exits with a non-zero code.

              This is a debugging and sanity check option.

          · --annotate
              Annotate the ABIXML output with comments above most elements.
              The comments are made of the pretty-printed form types,
              declaration or even ELF symbols.  The purpose is to make the
              ABIXML output more human-readable for debugging or documenting

          · --stats

            Emit statistics about various internal things.

          · --verbose

            Emit verbose logs about the progress of miscellaneous internal

NOTES         top

   Alternate debug info files
       As of the version 4 of the DWARF specification, Alternate debug
       information is a GNU extension to the DWARF specification.  It has
       however been proposed for inclusion into the upcoming version 5 of
       the DWARF standard.  You can read more about the GNU extensions to
       the DWARF standard here.

AUTHOR         top

       Dodji Seketeli

COPYRIGHT         top

       2014-2016, Red Hat, Inc.

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                                May 03, 2017                        ABIDW(1)