Bug#851588: diffoscope: skip tests if binutils can't handle the object file format

Mattia Rizzolo mattia at debian.org
Mon Jan 16 19:45:48 UTC 2017

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On Mon, Jan 16, 2017 at 07:07:57PM +0000, Daniel Shahaf wrote:
> Mattia Rizzolo wrote on Mon, Jan 16, 2017 at 18:06:48 +0100:
> > So, I finally managed to look into the tests failures were have been
> > seeing in ubuntu's autopkgtest in armhf (and probably also ppc64el and
> > s390x, but I didn't test for that).
> > As supposed, the reason is that we're trying to disassemble x86-64
> > binaries, and the installed multiarch can't deal with them;
> Then should we look for 'x86_64-linux-gnu-readelf' rather than bare
> 'readelf'?  And likewise for 'objdump' and friends.

No, as that's available only on the binutils:amd64 and
binutils-multiarch:amd64 packages, and aren't available (natively) on
any other architecture; there is no binutils-amd64-linux-gnu or such
available on all architectures.  Besides, I'm not sure how other
distributions would cope.

> The expression after the "@" sign is evaluated; that should result in
> a callable object, which is called with the decoratee as an argument.
> In your case, you should be able to pass no parameters, e.g.,
> .
>     @skip_if_binutils_do_not_support_x86()
> .
> and then delete the sole formal argument from the function definition.

ISTR I tried that and didn't work, but apparently it does :S

> Note that the parentheses are still required in this case, since the
> thing that is called with 'test_obj_compare_non_existing' as an actual
> parameter is not 'skip_if_binutils_do_not_support_x86' but rather the
> function it returns.

Ok, it could be that I only tried this "variation"...

Thanks for explaining, attached the patch with that change.

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