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Subject: Debug build break recording

Debug build break recording

From: Amaury Pouly <>
Date: Mon, 1 Apr 2013 16:26:15 +0200

Hi all,
While trying to implement recording on the Fuze+ I stumbled upon a very
nasty bug which took me quite a few hours do track, so I would like to make
you aware of it and ask for advise. To cut the long story short: if you
compile rockbox in DEBUG, any attempt to record something will result in a

If you compile rockbox in debug mode (select Debug in tools/configure), the
following will happen:

* -DDEBUG will be added to GCCOPTS in Makefile
* the codec "vtable" will get an additional field in firmware build:
#if defined(DEBUG) || defined(SIMULATOR)
    void (*debugf)(const char *fmt, ...) ATTRIBUTE_PRINTF(1, 2);
* the rbcodec makefile will undefine DEBUG:
* the codecs will be built without the additional field in codec vtable and
without DEBUG
* the encoder codecs will be broken because all the encoder specific
functions are *after* debugf in the "vtable", but the playback ones will be
fine thus you probably won't notice it.
* this will result in a very hard to debug crash when trying to record

The question I have now is: why on earth rbcodecs.make undefine DEBUG ? The
obvious fix would be to remove this but since I don't understand why it was
introduced in the first place I don't want to break something else.


Amaury Pouly
Received on 2013-04-01

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