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Re: gdb 5.2 removes the conditional breakpoints
- From: Eli Zaretskii <eliz at is dot elta dot co dot il>
- To: Michael Veksler <VEKSLER at il dot ibm dot com>
- Cc: Andrew Cagney <ac131313 at cygnus dot com>, "H . J . Lu" <hjl at lucon dot org>, gdb at sources dot redhat dot com
- Date: Thu, 18 Apr 2002 14:08:41 +0300 (IDT)
- Subject: Re: gdb 5.2 removes the conditional breakpoints
On Thu, 18 Apr 2002, Michael Veksler wrote:
> Your argument that "5,2 has been around for ~4
> years" does not hold water, how many people have been using 5.2 ?
You misunderstood: Andrew said that between 4.17 and 5.2, all versions of
GDB had this bug. Those versions in between are in use for 4 years, not
version 5.2 (which wasn't released yet).
> The "many
> eyeballs" effect takes place only when you "release early, release often"
> and 4 years cycle is anything but "often".
You misunderstood again: there were several versions of GDB during those
4 years, not one version.
> Now that you have a branch, people will start using it. Bugs will be
> spotted, some of them will be critical (SEGV), some will be very bad (an
> important gdb state gets reset upon restart) and others will be simply
> annoying (print syntax will not work the way it is supposed to).
Bugs which have relatively safe fixes will be fixed on the branch. Bugs
that don't have safe fixes will have to wait for the next release. New
features (as opposed to bugfixes) will have to wait, period.
Please be aware of the downside of fixing everything indiscriminately: it
means that GDB 5.2 will never be released, since ``there's always one
more bug''. So what will go into the branch and what won't is a
judgement call, not something that is self-evident.
> second bug (few hours later), was this conditional breakpoint problem. This
> problem is very annoying in C++. Every condition with virtual functions
> gets removed (at least those that I tried).
Until it gets fixed, you can work around this problem by creating a .gdbinit
file which sets all the breakpoints automatically.