My only goal when porting the console support from CDI-MI to DSF-MI was
to achieve feature parity.
I really love the idea of a command line interface to the debugger,
however to make it really useful I think we would need more support
from GDB. The problem is that the Command Line Interface (CLI)
commands and their results are opaque to the debugger integration.
I.e. when user changes a variable using the console, there is no
MI-protocol event generated to tell the debugger to refresh. So what
we would need from GDB is more events to notify the UI of target state
- target running (there is a stopped event, but not running)
- breakpoints changed
- memory changed
- registers changed
- thread started/exited.
It is possible to work around the lack of these events, by having the
debugger integration parse all the CLI commands being sent, and to
simulate the these event. Some of this was actually implemented by
CDI-MI (and ported to DSF-MI). But it's a pretty complicated
workaround which would probably never be fully complete.
There are also other issues with the CLI interface, but this is the
Marc Khouzam wrote:
discussions on the GDB mailing list there was a question about the
played around with it and issued commands and I noticed that we don't
do anything in the UI
commands are given that way.
example, chaning the value of an _expression_ or setting a breakpoint
from teh console (command-line)
not show in the UI.
was wondering what our goal was for the console?
Software Designer, Methods and Tools
Ericsson Canada Inc
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