Crate symbolic_debuginfo[][src]

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Abstractions for dealing with object files and debug information.

This module defines the Object type, which is an abstraction over various object file formats used in different platforms. Also, since executables on MacOS might contain multiple object files (called a “Fat MachO”), there is an Archive type, that provides a uniform interface with access to an objects iterator in all platforms.

Most processing of object files will happen on the Object type or its concrete implementation for one platform. To allow abstraction over this, there is the ObjectLike trait. It defines common attributes and gives access to a DebugSession, which can be used to perform more stateful handling of debug information.

See Object for the full API, or use one of the modules for direct access to the platform-dependent data.


The functionality of symbolic::debuginfo is conceptionally similar to the object crate. However, there are key differences that warranted a separate implementation:

  • object has a stronger focus on executable formats, while symbolic focusses on debugging information. This is why symbolic also includes a variant for PDBs and Breakpad objects, where object instead has a WASM variant.
  • object contains far more generic access to the data within objects at the cost of performance. symbolic tries to optimize for debugging scenarios at the cost of generic usage.
  • symbolic contains an abstraction for multi-object files (Archive), which is not easily possible in object due to the use of lifetimes on the object::Object trait.


Support for Breakpad ASCII symbols, used by the Breakpad and Crashpad libraries.

Support for DWARF debugging information, common to ELF and MachO.

Support for the Executable and Linkable Format, used on Linux.

Support for Mach Objects, used on macOS and iOS.

Support for Program Database, the debug companion format on Windows.

Support for Portable Executables, an extension of COFF used on Windows.

Support for Source Bundles, a proprietary archive containing source code.

Support for WASM Objects (WebAssembly).


A generic archive that can contain one or more object files.

File information comprising a compilation directory, relative path and name.

File information referred by LineInfo comprising a directory and name.

Debug information for a function.

File and line number mapping for an instruction address.

An error when dealing with any kind of Object.

An iterator over Objects in an Archive.

A symbol from a symbol table.

A sorted list of symbols, suitable for quick lookups.

An error returned for unknown or invalid FileFormats.

An error returned for unknown or invalid ObjectKinds.


Represents the physical object file format.

A generic object file providing uniform access to various file formats.

A generic debugging session.

An iterator over source files in an Object.

An iterator over functions in an Object.

Represents the designated use of the object file and hints at its contents.

A generic symbol iterator


A stateful session for interfacing with debug information.

An object containing debug information.


Tries to infer the object type from the start of the given buffer.

Type Definitions

A dynamically dispatched iterator over items with the given lifetime.

IntoIterator type for SymbolMap.