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       abidw - serialize the ABI of an ELF file

       abidw  reads  a shared library in ELF format and emits an XML representation 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
       representation of the globally defined ELF symbols of the file.  The input shared  library
       must contain associated debug information in DWARF format.

       When  given  the  --linux-tree  option,  this program can also handle a Linux kernel tree.
       That is, a directory tree that contains both the vmlinux binary and Linux kernel  modules.
       It  analyses  those Linux kernel binaries and emits an XML representation of the interface
       between the kernel and its module, to standard output.  In this case, we don’t call it  an
       ABI,  but  a  KMI  (Kernel  Module  Interface).  The emitted KMI includes all the globally
       defined functions and variables, along with a complete representation of their types.  The
       input binaries must contain associated debug information in DWARF format.


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


          · --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

            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 <root>/usr/lib/debug.

            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.

          · --kmi-whitelist | -kaw <path-to-whitelist>

            When  analyzing  a Linux kernel binary, this option points to the white list of names
            of ELF symbols of functions and variables which ABI must be written out.  That  white
            list  is  called  a  ”  Kernel Module Interface white list”.  This is because for the
            Kernel, we don’t talk about the ABI; we rather talk about the interface  between  the
            Kernel and its module. Hence the term KMI rather than ABI

            Any  other  function  or variable which ELF symbol are not present in that white list
            will not be considered by the KMI writing process.

            If this option is not provided – thus if no white list is provided – then the  entire
            KMI, that is, all publicly defined and exported functions and global variables by the
            Linux Kernel binaries is emitted.

          · --linux-tree | --lt

            Make abidw to consider the input path as a path to a directory containing the vmlinux
            binary  as  several  kernel  modules  binaries.  In that case, this program emits the
            representation of the Kernel Module Interface (KMI) on the standard output.

            Below is an example of usage of abidw on a Linux Kernel tree.

            First, checkout a Linux kernel source tree and build it.   Then  install  the  kernel
            modules  in  a directory somewhere.  Copy the vmlinux binary into that directory too.
            And then serialize the KMI of that kernel to disk, using abidw:

                $ git clone git://
                $ cd linux && git checkout v4.5
                $ make allyesconfig all
                $ mkdir build-output
                $ make INSTALL_MOD_PATH=./build-output modules_install
                $ cp vmlinux build-output/modules/4.5.0
                $ abidw --linux-tree build-output/modules/4.5.0 > build-output/linux-4.5.0.kmi

          · --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

          · --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

          · --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
              In the emitted ABI representation, do not show  file,  line  or  column  where  ABI
              artifacts are defined.

          · --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 path.

          · --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 purposes.

          · --stats

            Emit statistics about various internal things.

          · --verbose

            Emit verbose logs about the progress of miscellaneous internal things.


   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.


       Dodji Seketeli


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                                           Apr 24, 2018                                  ABIDW(1)