Yes, assuming that the compiler generates a valid source type. In some
        cases, particularly with template classes, this may not be the case.


      So DWARF does not give any guarantees and it's up to compiler
    vendor to decide about DW_AT_name?


DWARF doesn't give guarantees, just suggestions. Practically speaking there's certainly benefit to compilers ensuring they produce a consistent name across different translation units - and potentially even a consistent name across compilers (so that code built with different compilers and then debugged can behave consistently/well). (or consistent enough for a debugger to cope with it - but I think as Daniel pointed out, having the debugger have to decompose the name and do various type equivalences is painful - which might lean one towards trying to produce more consistent names across GCC and Clang - the few cases I know of (enums, for example) could probably be improved just for the compiler self-consistency aspect and incidentally improve the cross compiler consistency anyway)

Exactly.  In many areas, the DWARF Standard is permissive.  There are
specific constraints which are mentioned, but the producer is given a
lot of latitude whether to generate complete or incomplete, good or poor
DWARF.  DWARF guarantees the organization and structure of the data.

There is a comment about names on the DWARF Wiki under Best Practices:
http://wiki.dwarfstd.org/index.php?title=Best_Practices


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