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Re: [PATCH] Making it easier to set breakpoints in gdb on pass->execute methods

On Tue, Jul 29, 2014 at 10:44 PM, David Malcolm <> wrote:
> A complaint I heard at Cauldron with the C++ification of GCC passes is
> that it's become much more difficult to set breakpoints on the execute
> hooks of a pass, now that the passes are classes within anonymous
> namespaces.
> When this was first done, the execute methods were trivial
> implementations that called into the existing named functions, which are
> still easy to put a breakpoint on by name (assuming you know the name of
> the function), but some of these have now been converted so that the
> "execute" method is the body of the pass.
> I did some experimentation, on this box with
> gdb- and gcc trunk r212913 (the latter
> from a week ago).
> You *can* set a breakpoint by name on such an execute method, but it's
> tedious to type:
> (gdb) break '(anonymous namespace)::pass_expand::execute'
> Breakpoint 7 at 0x655220: file ../../src/gcc/cfgexpand.c, line
> ...since tab-completion doesn't work well:
> (gdb) break '(a<TAB>
> does tab complete to:
> (gdb) break '(anonymous namespace)::
> but typing anything else then hitting tab returns back to:
> (gdb) break '(anonymous namespace)::
> Is anyone else seeing this?

Yes, I filed a gdb bug about this.

> I had a go at implementing a workaround, for the lack of tab completion
> (and the general verbosity) using
> Attached is a patch to which adds a new command
> "break-on-pass" to gdb; in particular, it locates and parses passes.def,
> so that it can tab-complete on pass classnames:
> Example of use from the script: putting a breakpoint on "final", i.e.
> classname "pass_final":
>   (gdb) break-on-pass
> Press <TAB>; it autocompletes to "pass_":
>   (gdb) break-on-pass pass_
> Press <TAB>:
>   Display all 219 possibilities? (y or n)
> Press "n"; then type "f":
>   (gdb) break-on-pass pass_f
> Press <TAB> to autocomplete to pass classnames beginning with "pass_f":
>   pass_fast_rtl_dce              pass_fold_builtins
>   pass_feedback_split_functions  pass_forwprop
>   pass_final                     pass_fre
>   pass_fixup_cfg                 pass_free_cfg
> Type "in<TAB>" to complete to "pass_final":
>   (gdb) break-on-pass pass_final
> ...and hit <RETURN>:
>   Breakpoint 6 at 0x8396ba: file ../../src/gcc/final.c, line 4526.
> ...and we have a breakpoint set; continue execution:
>   (gdb) cont
>   Continuing.
>   Breakpoint 6, (anonymous namespace)::pass_final::execute (this=0x17fb990) at ../../src/gcc/final.c:4526
>   4526    virtual unsigned int execute (function *) { return rest_of_handle_final (); }
> This assumes you've suitably enabled, as documented at the
> top of that file.
> Thoughts?

Works for me though I'm not able to review python ;)


> Dave
> gcc/
>         * (find_gcc_source_dir): New helper function.
>         (class PassNames): New class, locating and parsing passes.def.
>         (class BreakOnPass): New command "break-on-pass".

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