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[RFC] New GDB/MI command "-info-gdb-mi-command"

[sorry for the duplicate, Tom, mishandling of the --to= send-email option]

Hi Tom,

> We could add a way to check for specific commands.  Then new commands
> would never need to be added to the feature list.

What do you think of the following?

This patch adds a new GDB/MI command meant for graphical frontends
trying to determine whether a given GDB/MI command exists or not.


    -info-gdb-mi-command unsupported-command
    -info-gdb-mi-command symbol-list-lines

At the moment, this is the only piece of information that this
command returns.

Eventually, and if needed, we can extend it to provide
command-specific pieces of information, such as updates to
the command's syntax since inception.  This could become,
for instance:

    -info-gdb-mi-command symbol-list-lines
    -info-gdb-mi-command catch-assert

In the first case, it would mean that no extra features,
while in the second, it announces that the -catch-assert
command in this version of the debugger supports a feature
called "condition" - exact semantics to be documented with
combined with the rest of the queried command's documentation.

But for now, we start small, and only worry about existance.
And to bootstrap the process, I have added an entry in the
output of the -list-features command as well ("info-gdb-mi-command"),
allowing the graphical frontends to go through the following process:

  1. Send -list-features, collect info from there as before;
  2. Check if the output contains "info-gdb-mi-command".
     If it does, then support for various commands can be
     queried though -info-gdb-mi-command. Newer commands
     will be expected to always be checked via this new


        * mi/mi-cmds.h (mi_cmd_info_gdb_mi_command): Declare.
        * mi/mi-cmd-info.c (mi_cmd_info_gdb_mi_command): New function.
        * mi/mi-cmds.c (mi_cmds): Add -info-gdb-mi-command command.
        * mi/mi-main.c (mi_cmd_list_features): Add "info-gdb-mi-command"
        field to output of "-list-features".

        * NEWS: Add entry for new -info-gdb-mi-command.


        * gdb.texinfo (GDB/MI Miscellaneous Commands): Document
        the new -info-gdb-mi-command GDB/MI command.  Document
        the meaning of "-info-gdb-mi-command" in the output of


        * gdb.mi/mi-i-cmd.exp: New file.

Tested on x86_64-linux.  Comments?


 gdb/NEWS                          |  3 +++
 gdb/doc/gdb.texinfo               | 46 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
 gdb/mi/mi-cmd-info.c              | 21 ++++++++++++++++++
 gdb/mi/mi-cmds.c                  |  1 +
 gdb/mi/mi-cmds.h                  |  1 +
 gdb/mi/mi-main.c                  |  1 +
 gdb/testsuite/gdb.mi/mi-i-cmd.exp | 31 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++
 7 files changed, 104 insertions(+)
 create mode 100644 gdb/testsuite/gdb.mi/mi-i-cmd.exp

diff --git a/gdb/NEWS b/gdb/NEWS
index 38209e8..cb1f95a 100644
--- a/gdb/NEWS
+++ b/gdb/NEWS
@@ -151,6 +151,9 @@ show startup-with-shell
 * MI changes
+  ** The new command -info-gdb-mi-command allows the user to determine
+     whether a GDB/MI command is supported or not.
   ** The -trace-save MI command can optionally save trace buffer in Common
      Trace Format now.
diff --git a/gdb/doc/gdb.texinfo b/gdb/doc/gdb.texinfo
index de419ea..db81ac2 100644
--- a/gdb/doc/gdb.texinfo
+++ b/gdb/doc/gdb.texinfo
@@ -35034,6 +35034,50 @@ default shows this information when you start an interactive session.
 @end smallexample
+@subheading The @code{-info-gdb-mi-command} Command
+@findex -info-gdb-mi-command
+@subsubheading Synopsis
+ -info-gdb-mi-command CMD_NAME
+@end smallexample
+Query support for the @sc{gdb/mi} command named @var{CMD_NAME}
+(the leading dash (@code{-}) in the command name should be omitted).
+@subsubheading @value{GDBN} Command
+There is no corresponding @value{GDBN} command.
+@subsubheading Result
+The result is a tuple.  There is currently only one field:
+@table @samp
+@item exists
+This field is equal to @code{"true"} if the @sc{gdb/mi} command exists,
+@code{"false"} otherwise.
+@end table
+@subsubheading Example
+Here is an example where the @sc{gdb/mi} command does not exist:
+-info-gdb-mi-command unsupported-command
+@end smallexample
+And here is an example where the @sc{gdb/mi} command is known
+to the debugger:
+-info-gdb-mi-command symbol-list-lines
+@end smallexample
 @subheading The @code{-list-features} Command
 @findex -list-features
@@ -35082,6 +35126,8 @@ CLI will be announced via async records.
 Indicates support for the @code{-ada-task-info} command.
 @item info-ada-exceptions
 Indicates support for the @code{-info-ada-exceptions} command.
+@item info-gdb-mi-command
+Indicates support for the @code{-info-gdb-mi-command} command.
 @end table
 @subheading The @code{-list-target-features} Command
diff --git a/gdb/mi/mi-cmd-info.c b/gdb/mi/mi-cmd-info.c
index aa4d210..18f4927 100644
--- a/gdb/mi/mi-cmd-info.c
+++ b/gdb/mi/mi-cmd-info.c
@@ -71,6 +71,27 @@ mi_cmd_info_ada_exceptions (char *command, char **argv, int argc)
   do_cleanups (old_chain);
+/* Implement the "-info-gdb-mi-command" GDB/MI command.  */
+mi_cmd_info_gdb_mi_command (char *command, char **argv, int argc)
+  const char *cmd_name;
+  struct mi_cmd *cmd;
+  struct ui_out *uiout = current_uiout;
+  struct cleanup *old_chain;
+  /* This command takes exactly one argument.  */
+  if (argc != 1)
+    error (_("Usage: -info-gdb-mi-command MI_COMMAND_NAME"));
+  cmd_name = argv[0];
+  cmd = mi_lookup (cmd_name);
+  old_chain = make_cleanup_ui_out_tuple_begin_end (uiout, "command");
+  ui_out_field_string (uiout, "exists", cmd != NULL ? "true" : "false");
+  do_cleanups (old_chain);
 mi_cmd_info_os (char *command, char **argv, int argc)
diff --git a/gdb/mi/mi-cmds.c b/gdb/mi/mi-cmds.c
index 496a8aa..aed62b2 100644
--- a/gdb/mi/mi-cmds.c
+++ b/gdb/mi/mi-cmds.c
@@ -125,6 +125,7 @@ static struct mi_cmd mi_cmds[] =
   DEF_MI_CMD_MI ("inferior-tty-set", mi_cmd_inferior_tty_set),
   DEF_MI_CMD_MI ("inferior-tty-show", mi_cmd_inferior_tty_show),
   DEF_MI_CMD_MI ("info-ada-exceptions", mi_cmd_info_ada_exceptions),
+  DEF_MI_CMD_MI ("info-gdb-mi-command", mi_cmd_info_gdb_mi_command),
   DEF_MI_CMD_MI ("info-os", mi_cmd_info_os),
   DEF_MI_CMD_MI ("interpreter-exec", mi_cmd_interpreter_exec),
   DEF_MI_CMD_MI ("list-features", mi_cmd_list_features),
diff --git a/gdb/mi/mi-cmds.h b/gdb/mi/mi-cmds.h
index cb8aac1..4ea95fa 100644
--- a/gdb/mi/mi-cmds.h
+++ b/gdb/mi/mi-cmds.h
@@ -74,6 +74,7 @@ extern mi_cmd_argv_ftype mi_cmd_gdb_exit;
 extern mi_cmd_argv_ftype mi_cmd_inferior_tty_set;
 extern mi_cmd_argv_ftype mi_cmd_inferior_tty_show;
 extern mi_cmd_argv_ftype mi_cmd_info_ada_exceptions;
+extern mi_cmd_argv_ftype mi_cmd_info_gdb_mi_command;
 extern mi_cmd_argv_ftype mi_cmd_info_os;
 extern mi_cmd_argv_ftype mi_cmd_interpreter_exec;
 extern mi_cmd_argv_ftype mi_cmd_list_features;
diff --git a/gdb/mi/mi-main.c b/gdb/mi/mi-main.c
index bf0fce3..f0846da 100644
--- a/gdb/mi/mi-main.c
+++ b/gdb/mi/mi-main.c
@@ -1816,6 +1816,7 @@ mi_cmd_list_features (char *command, char **argv, int argc)
       ui_out_field_string (uiout, NULL, "breakpoint-notifications");
       ui_out_field_string (uiout, NULL, "ada-task-info");
       ui_out_field_string (uiout, NULL, "info-ada-exceptions");
+      ui_out_field_string (uiout, NULL, "info-gdb-mi-command");
       if (gdb_python_initialized)
diff --git a/gdb/testsuite/gdb.mi/mi-i-cmd.exp b/gdb/testsuite/gdb.mi/mi-i-cmd.exp
new file mode 100644
index 0000000..a115451
--- /dev/null
+++ b/gdb/testsuite/gdb.mi/mi-i-cmd.exp
@@ -0,0 +1,31 @@
+# Copyright 2013 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
+# This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
+# it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
+# the Free Software Foundation; either version 3 of the License, or
+# (at your option) any later version.
+# This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
+# but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
+# GNU General Public License for more details.
+# You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
+# along with this program.  If not, see <>.
+load_lib mi-support.exp
+set MIFLAGS "-i=mi"
+if [mi_gdb_start] {
+    continue
+mi_gdb_test "-info-gdb-mi-command unsupported-command" \
+            "\\^done,command=\\\{exists=\"false\"\\\}" \
+            "-info-gdb-mi-command unsupported-command"
+mi_gdb_test "-info-gdb-mi-command symbol-list-lines" \
+            "\\^done,command=\\\{exists=\"true\"\\\}" \
+            "-info-gdb-mi-command symbol-list-lines"

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