DEMANGLE(1) User Commands DEMANGLE(1)


demangle - demangle symbols


demangle [-l lang] [symbol...]


The demangle utility attempts to detect mangled symbols and transform them
back into a more human friendly version of the symbol.

Some languages allow the same identifier to refer to multiple things
(functions, variables, etc.) where some additional context such as
parameter types, return types, etc. are used to disambiguate between the
symbols sharing the same name. When compiling such languages into an
executable form, most binary formats do not allow for duplicate symbol
names or provide a way to disambiguate between duplicate names.

To solve this problem, many languages will use the additional context from
the source code to transform the symbol name into a unique name. This
process is called name mangling. While the resulting name is predictable,
the mangled names are often difficult for humans to interpret.

The demangle utility can be invoked in one of two ways. In the first
method, symbol is demangled and the result is written to standard out, one
line per input symbol. If any input symbol cannot be demangled, the
original value of symbol is output unchanged. In the second method,
demangle reads standard in, and whenever it encounters a potential symbol,
it will attempt to replace the symbol in standard out with the demangled
version. If the symbol cannot be demangled, it is output unchanged.

For either method, if an error other than attempting to demangle an non-
mangled symbol (e.g. out of memory), that error will be written to standard


-l lang Treat all potential symbols as symbols from lang. By default,
demangle will attempt to detect the language and demangle
symbols for all supported languages. Current supported values
of lang are:

c++ The C++ mangling format defined by the Itanium ABI.
While the mangling format was originally defined
for the Itanium processor, g++ and clang use this
format for all their supported platforms (including
x86 and SPARC).

rust The legacy rust mangling format.

auto Attempt to detect the language automatically


The demangle utility exits 0 on success, and >0 if an error occurs.


Example 1 Demangle symbols given as command line arguments.

% demangle '_ZGVN9__gnu_cxx16bitmap_allocatorIwE13_S_mem_blocksE'
guard variable for __gnu_cxx::bitmap_allocator<wchar_t>::_S_mem_blocks

Example 2 Demangle symbols from the output of another command.

% grep slice rust.c | head -1
% grep slice rust.c | head -1 | demangle
T("core::slice::<impl core::iter::traits::IntoIterator for &'a [T]>::into_iter::h450e234d27262170",


The command line options are Uncommitted. The output format is

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