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Re: [PATCH] Another board file for remote host

Doug Evans <> writes:

> +global GDB
> +set GDB [file join [pwd] "../gdb"]
> Check if GDB has been set first, allow the user to
> pass this in from the command line.

GDB is always set in lib/gdb.exp and it is loaded earlier than the
board file.  In lib/gdb.exp:

if ![info exists GDB] {
    if ![is_remote host] {
	set GDB [findfile $base_dir/../../gdb/gdb "$base_dir/../../gdb/gdb" [transform gdb]]
    } else {
	set GDB [transform gdb]

so we can't do the check here.

> +# The directory to copy files to.  In default, we choose ./remote-host, to
> +# avoiding messing up your HOME.  You can choose other directory as
> +# you like.
> +set host_dir [file join [pwd] "remote-host"]
> How about allowing the user to pass this in from the command line?
> By convention such variables are then uppercase.

That is fine to me.  In the updated patch, user can specify the
directory in command line via variable HOST_DIR.

> +
> +proc ${board}_download { board src dest } {
> +    global env board_type
> +    global host_dir
> +
> +    if { [llength $dest] > 0 } {
> +	set destfile [lindex $dest 0]
> +    } else {
> +	set destfile [file tail $src]
> +    }
> This doesn't feel right.
> I realize /usr/share/dejagnu/remote.exp:remote_download
> checks for whether the third parameter can be a list, but
> remote_download is a varargs function (the name of the last
> variable is "args") and is not a "board" function.
> Other ${foo}_download functions that are actual "board" functions,
> e.g., /usr/share/dejagnu/remote.exp:standard_download,
> or gdb/testsuite/boards/remote-stdio-gdbserver.exp,
> don't treat the third parameter as if it can be a list.

Yes, remote_download acts as a wrapper or an adapter to "board"
functions which are defined in board files.  In tcl, simple string is
also list, see,

% llength "foo"
% lindex "foo" 0     

The code above is right to me but unnecessary.  Use dest as a string in
the updated patch.

Yao (éå)

Subject: [PATCH] Another board file for remote host

In the recent review to my patch about copying files to remote host,
we find that we need a board file which is more closely mapped real
remote host testing to improve coverage.  With the board file
local-remote-host-native.exp, DejaGNU copies files to
$build/gdb/testsuite/remote-host to emulate the effect of remote host.
Is it OK?


2014-09-04  Yao Qi  <>

	* boards/local-remote-host-native.exp: New file.

diff --git a/gdb/testsuite/boards/local-remote-host-native.exp b/gdb/testsuite/boards/local-remote-host-native.exp
new file mode 100644
index 0000000..1119c2d
--- /dev/null
+++ b/gdb/testsuite/boards/local-remote-host-native.exp
@@ -0,0 +1,80 @@
+# Copyright 2014 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 <>.
+# This file is a dejagnu "board file" and is used to run the testsuite
+# against local host, in remote host mode.
+# This board file is used to emulate the real remote host testing, in
+# which file system of host and build are not shared.  This is achieved
+# by copying files from source directory to ${host_dir}.
+# To use this file:
+# bash$ cd ${build_dir}/gdb
+# bash$ make check RUNTESTFLAGS="--host_board=local-remote-host-native --target_board=local-remote-host-native HOST_DIR=/tmp/foo/"
+# We set both target board and host board together to test a native gdb
+# (host == target) on a remote host (host != build).  $HOST_DIR is the
+# directory for copying files to, to avoid messing up your HOME.  When
+# it is absent, files are copied to ./remote-host.
+if { $board_type == "target" } {
+    set_board_info compiler gcc
+global GDB
+set GDB [file join [pwd] "../gdb"]
+set_board_info hostname
+set_board_info username $env(USER)
+# The ssh key should be correctly set up that you ssh to
+# without having to type password.
+set_board_info rsh_prog /usr/bin/ssh
+set_board_info rcp_prog /usr/bin/scp
+set_board_info file_transfer "rsh"
+if { ![info exists HOST_DIR] } {
+    set HOST_DIR [file join [pwd] "remote-host"]
+if { $board_type == "host" } {
+    set_board_info gdb_opts "-d \"${HOST_DIR}\""
+proc ${board}_spawn { board cmd } {
+    global board_info
+    set remote [board_info $board hostname]
+    set username [board_info $board username]
+    set RSH [board_info $board rsh_prog]
+    spawn $RSH -t -l $username $remote $cmd
+    set board_info($board,fileid) $spawn_id
+    return $spawn_id
+proc ${board}_download { board src dest } {
+    global HOST_DIR
+    if { ![file exists $HOST_DIR] } {
+	file mkdir $HOST_DIR
+    }
+    set destfile [file join $HOST_DIR $dest]
+    file copy -force $src $destfile
+    return $destfile

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