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DWARF 4 Standard

DWARF 4 Standard

The DWARF Version 4 Debugging Format Standard is based on the DWARF Version 3 Standard. It is, with only limited exceptions, an upward compatible extension to the previous standard.

The major enhancements in DWARF Version 4 are

  • Add new data compression technique for types
  • Add support for new C++ language constructs, including template parameters
  • Improve support for VLIW architectures
  • Generalize support for packed data structures
  • Improve ability to describe optimized code
  • Improve support for Fortran, Ada, and other languages
  • Improve support for profile-based optimizations
  • Improve descriptions of a number of DWARF constructs
The DWARF Version 4 Standard will be open for public review and comment until May 31. A finalized version will be released after a review of these comments.

To see past comments or to submit a comment, click on Issues at the top of the page.

Download the DWARF Version 4 Standard (PDF) or (MS Word) here.



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