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Re: [cdt-dev] Question on future debugger interface

Hi Rick,
You may also want to consider the TCF debugger protocol currently being developed in the Target Management project (see It already has a reference agent implementation (in C) that you could re-use, which would save you the headache of implementing the MI protocol layer from scratch. Also, as Marc pointed out GDB/MI protocol is evolving quite a lot to support new features and keeping up with its changes will likely require considerable effort. This shouldn't be a big surprise, as from my past discussions with GDB developers I got the impression that GDB/MI as a standard protocol to be implemented by other debuggers is definitely not on their agenda. Cheers,

Rick Moseley wrote:
Hi all,

The open source Frysk debugger development team( is currently debating how best to integrate with the Eclipse CDT plugin. We have been discussing the pros and cons of the two different ways to interface: 1) have an API library such as libfrysk or 2) use the current wire protocol used by gdb/mi that is currently in use in the CDT. The Frysk team would very much appreciate the opinion(s) of the CDT developers as regards to which way they would prefer to see a debugger interface with the CDT and why. Which way would make it the easiest for developers to use? Thank you in advance for your time.

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