This page lists ideas for projects which GDB would like to have implemented by GSoC students. We may also consider items which are not in this list. Please discuss your chosen idea with the GDB community before applying for the GSoC. You can find us in the #gdb channel at Freenode, but we prefer that GSoC discussions happen in the GDB mailing list, namely gdb [at]

Students can work on GDB ideas through the GNU Project organization. Please read the GNU guidelines for Summer of Code projects, it has good tips which will help you submit a proposal with more chances of being successful.


We collect ideas for the GDB project in the ProjectIdeas page. The ones we think would make interesting GSoC projects were cherry-picked to this page, and expanded. You are of course welcome to submit proposals for other ideas from that page, or even ideas of your own.

If you are seriously considering and preparing to work on a GSoC project in GDB, read the DeveloperTips, the GDB Internals document (very incomplete, but gives an idea on how GDB is organized internally) and the CONTRIBUTE document in <gdb-src>/gdb/CONTRIBUTE.

Help with Python scripting support

Some things a student could work on:

The PythonGdb page has more ideas for future work.

Support pipes in the run command (this may be too small for a GSoC)

An interested student mentioned that he will work on this while GSoC doesn't start.

Support tracepoints in gdbserver

Fix bugs in the bugzilla

GDB has a lot of bug tickets open in bugzilla, mainly because no one has been attention to them in the past few years. Having someone sift through the backlog and fix those bugs (or close them if it's verified that they aren't valid anymore) would be a great help.

This project would be very open-ended, with the mentor and student choosing bugs to fix as they progress.

You can use a bugzilla query to get the complete list of bugs. A lot of them are old and/or unconfirmed, so the first step is to always confirm if you can reproduce the bug first.

A really incomplete sample of some bug tickets which we have there:

In addition, if I understood teawater well, we need help in writing testcases for reversible debugging. Since it doesn't sound like it would take the whole summer to work on this, an interested student could work on testcases for reversible debugging as part of the bugzilla fixes task.

None: SummerOfCode2009/Ideas (last edited 2009-03-19 01:55:54 by c952315d)

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