Determine endianness at a time when it doesn't inadvertantly clear gdb's wrap_buffer via gdb.execute.

I haven't managed a small reproduction for this bug, it involves
complicated and deeply nested data structures with a wide variety
of pretty printers. But in general, we shouldn't be combining
gdb's command line interface (via gdb.execute) with pretty-printers.

Subscribers: christof, llvm-commits

Tags: #llvm

Differential Revision:

git-svn-id: 91177308-0d34-0410-b5e6-96231b3b80d8
diff --git a/utils/gdb/libcxx/ b/utils/gdb/libcxx/
index dc2f2e9..ff45bde 100644
--- a/utils/gdb/libcxx/
+++ b/utils/gdb/libcxx/
@@ -27,6 +27,7 @@
 _long_int_type = gdb.lookup_type("unsigned long long")
+_libcpp_big_endian = False
 def addr_as_long(addr):
     return int(addr.cast(_long_int_type))
@@ -195,19 +196,14 @@
         field = short_field.type.fields()[1].type.fields()[0]
         libcpp_abi_alternate_string_layout = and "__padding" in
-        # Strictly, this only tells us the current mode, not how libcxx was
-        # compiled.
-        libcpp_big_endian = "big endian" in gdb.execute("show endian",
-                                                        to_string=True)
         # This logical structure closely follows the original code (which is clearer
         # in C++).  Keep them parallel to make them easier to compare.
         if libcpp_abi_alternate_string_layout:
-            if libcpp_big_endian:
+            if _libcpp_big_endian:
                 return short_size >> 1
                 return short_size
-        elif libcpp_big_endian:
+        elif _libcpp_big_endian:
             return short_size
             return short_size >> 1
@@ -969,6 +965,14 @@
 # certain pathological cases. Limit our pretty printers to the progspace.
 def _register_libcxx_printers(event):
     progspace = event.new_objfile.progspace
+    # It would be ideal to get the endianness at print time, but
+    # gdb.execute clears gdb's internal wrap buffer, removing any values
+    # already generated as part of a larger data structure, and there is
+    # no python api to get the endianness. Mixed-endianness debugging
+    # rare enough that this workaround should be adequate.
+    _libcpp_big_endian = "big endian" in gdb.execute("show endian",
+                                                     to_string=True)
     if not getattr(progspace, _libcxx_printer_name, False):
         print("Loading libc++ pretty-printers.")