ndk-stack

The ndk-stack tool allows you to symbolize stack traces from adb logcat or a tombstone in /data/tombstones/. It replaces any address inside a shared library with the corresponding <source-file>:<line-number> from your source code, making debugging easier.

For example, it translates something like:

I/DEBUG   (   31): *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
I/DEBUG   (   31): Build fingerprint: 'generic/google_sdk/generic/:2.2/FRF91/43546:eng/test-keys'
I/DEBUG   (   31): pid: 351, tid: 351  >>> /data/local/ndk-tests/crasher <<<
I/DEBUG   (   31): signal 11 (SIGSEGV), fault addr 0d9f00d8
I/DEBUG   (   31):  r0 0000af88  r1 0000a008  r2 baadf00d  r3 0d9f00d8
I/DEBUG   (   31):  r4 00000004  r5 0000a008  r6 0000af88  r7 00013c44
I/DEBUG   (   31):  r8 00000000  r9 00000000  10 00000000  fp 00000000
I/DEBUG   (   31):  ip 0000959c  sp be956cc8  lr 00008403  pc 0000841e  cpsr 60000030
I/DEBUG   (   31):          #00  pc 0000841e  /data/local/ndk-tests/crasher
I/DEBUG   (   31):          #01  pc 000083fe  /data/local/ndk-tests/crasher
I/DEBUG   (   31):          #02  pc 000083f6  /data/local/ndk-tests/crasher
I/DEBUG   (   31):          #03  pc 000191ac  /system/lib/libc.so
I/DEBUG   (   31):          #04  pc 000083ea  /data/local/ndk-tests/crasher
I/DEBUG   (   31):          #05  pc 00008458  /data/local/ndk-tests/crasher
I/DEBUG   (   31):          #06  pc 0000d362  /system/lib/libc.so
I/DEBUG   (   31):

into the more readable:

********** Crash dump: **********
Build fingerprint: 'generic/google_sdk/generic/:2.2/FRF91/43546:eng/test-keys'
pid: 351, tid: 351  >>> /data/local/ndk-tests/crasher <<<
signal 11 (SIGSEGV), fault addr 0d9f00d8
Stack frame #00  pc 0000841e  /data/local/ndk-tests/crasher : Routine zoo in /tmp/foo/crasher/jni/zoo.c:13
Stack frame #01  pc 000083fe  /data/local/ndk-tests/crasher : Routine bar in /tmp/foo/crasher/jni/bar.c:5
Stack frame #02  pc 000083f6  /data/local/ndk-tests/crasher : Routine my_comparison in /tmp/foo/crasher/jni/foo.c:9
Stack frame #03  pc 000191ac  /system/lib/libc.so
Stack frame #04  pc 000083ea  /data/local/ndk-tests/crasher : Routine foo in /tmp/foo/crasher/jni/foo.c:14
Stack frame #05  pc 00008458  /data/local/ndk-tests/crasher : Routine main in /tmp/foo/crasher/jni/main.c:19
Stack frame #06  pc 0000d362  /system/lib/libc.so

Usage

To use ndk-stack, you first need a directory containing unstripped versions of your app's shared libraries. If you use ndk-build, these unstripped shared libraries are found in $PROJECT_PATH/obj/local/<abi>, where <abi> is your device's ABI.

There are two ways to use the tool. You can feed the logcat text as direct input to the program. For example:

adb logcat | $NDK/ndk-stack -sym $PROJECT_PATH/obj/local/armeabi-v7a

You can also use the -dump option to specify the logcat as an input file. For example:

adb logcat > /tmp/foo.txt
$NDK/ndk-stack -sym $PROJECT_PATH/obj/local/armeabi-v7a -dump foo.txt

When it begins parsing the logcat output, the tool looks for an initial line of asterisks. For example:

*** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***

Note: When copy/pasting traces, don't forget this line, or ndk-stack won't work correctly.