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Re: [cdt-dev] Future of debugger console

Hi all!

We've made some enhancements to the gdb console for our product, implementing command history, command completion and color codes handling.

I guess we may attempt contributing those changes, what do you think?


---- Original message ----
>Date: Wed, 24 Feb 2010 16:48:29 +0100
>From: "Bursian, Achim" <achim.bursian@xxxxxxxxxxx>  
>Subject: [cdt-dev] Future of debugger console  
>To: "'cdt-dev@xxxxxxxxxxx'" <cdt-dev@xxxxxxxxxxx>
>   Hi,
>   currently we are using gdb/CDI for our target
>   debugging. Well, at least some people in our team
>   use it. Whenever I suggest others to use
>   Eclipse/CDT/CDI for their debugging needs, I get a
>   lot of complaints about the "unusable console".
>   Power users are quite used to type commands in a gdb
>   console for special stuff. Some of them have used
>   gdb directly for years, or a different GUI like
>   Insight/gdb. They often have little snippets of gdb
>   commands somewhere in a notes.txt, that get pasted
>   to the console over and over. Of course, this is
>   nothing that is needed by novices, but experienced
>   users are common in the embedded world :-)
>   The biggest complaints concerning the console in
>   Eclipse are:
>     * no command history (scrolling up through
>       previous commands)
>     * no command repetition with the Return key
>     * no prompt (as a visual sign that a command has
>       finished)
>     * no protocol file (to save commands and output
>       for later processing)
>     * no aliases (?)
>     * no auto completion for variable names or other
>       stuff
>   As far as I can see there were no enhancements in
>   these areas with DSF. (Correct me if I'm wrong) So
>   it wouldn't help to switch to DSF/gdb.
>   Are there any plans to enhance the debugging console
>   in the ways described?
>   Is there anybody else here who sees the need for
>   this?
>   All the best,  Achim
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