From: Josh Kunz <>

This is needed to support debugging PIE ELF binaries running under QEMU
user mode. Currently, `code_offset` and `data_offset` remain unset for
all ELF binaries, so GDB is unable to correctly locate the position of
the binary's text and data.

The fields `code_offset`, and `data_offset` were originally added way
back in 2006 to support debugging of bFMT executables (978efd6aac6),
and support was just never added for ELF. Since non-PIE binaries are
loaded at exactly the address specified in the binary, GDB does not need
to relocate any symbols, so the buggy behavior is not normally observed.

Signed-off-by: Josh Kunz <>
Reviewed-by: Laurent Vivier <>
Reviewed-by: Philippe Mathieu-Daudé <>
Message-Id: <>
[lv: added link to documentation]
Signed-off-by: Laurent Vivier <>
 linux-user/elfload.c | 2 ++
 1 file changed, 2 insertions(+)

diff --git a/linux-user/elfload.c b/linux-user/elfload.c
index 43c16a846d33..f6693e576098 100644
--- a/linux-user/elfload.c
+++ b/linux-user/elfload.c
@@ -2403,6 +2403,8 @@ static void load_elf_image(const char *image_name, int 
     info->load_bias = load_bias;
+    info->code_offset = load_bias;
+    info->data_offset = load_bias;
     info->load_addr = load_addr;
     info->entry = ehdr->e_entry + load_bias;
     info->start_code = -1;

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