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Re: [PATCH] Speed up "gdb -tui" output

On Wed, Jan 7, 2015 at 11:48 AM, Eli Zaretskii <> wrote:
>> Date: Wed, 7 Jan 2015 11:30:37 -0800
>> From: Doug Evans <>
>> Cc: gdb-patches <>
>> I can't promise to have a patch ready before 7.9, but I'll put it
>> on my todo list.
> Thanks.
>> >> Note that while we do explicitly call *_unfiltered with single characters,
>> >> unfiltered output is not in itself broken up into single characters.
>> >
>> > Not sure what you mean by that.  fputs_maybe_filtered, which is the
>> > workhorse of most of the output functions, explicitly writes out the
>> > stuff it gets one character at a time, by calling fputc_unfiltered.
>> > How's that not breaking output?
>> fputs_maybe_filtered is the workhorse for filtered output, and
>> it early exists for a number of things, like stream != gdb_stdout.
> It is used both for gdb_stdout and for other streams.

static void
fputs_maybe_filtered (const char *linebuffer, struct ui_file *stream,
                      int filter)
  const char *lineptr;

  if (linebuffer == 0)

  /* Don't do any filtering if it is disabled.  */
  if (stream != gdb_stdout
      || !pagination_enabled
      || batch_flag
      || (lines_per_page == UINT_MAX && chars_per_line == UINT_MAX)
      || top_level_interpreter () == NULL
      || ui_out_is_mi_like_p (interp_ui_out (top_level_interpreter ())))
      fputs_unfiltered (linebuffer, stream);


It may be called for other streams, but it early exits
with a direct call to fputs_unfiltered if stream != gdb_stdout.

I don't know how to say it any plainer than that.

>> Most unfiltered output goes straight to fputs_unfiltered (which is the
>> wrapper around the ui-file to_fputs method).
> Once again, I fail to see how this fact, which I certainly noticed
> already, helps to solve the problem.  When fputs_maybe_filtered is
> called, we have no idea whether the text it gets is complete enough to
> flush the stream after we are done with it.  That information is at
> higher levels.  So we don't know whether to flush the stream after the
> direct call to fputs_unfiltered.

My theory is we can punt for streams != gdb_stdout,
and for them just always refresh inside calls to tui_file_fputs.
And for gdb_stdout rely on calls to gdb_flush to do
the refresh.

Seems like not that many lines of code to give it a try.

>> I see there is fputstr{,n}_unfiltered which does things a character
>> at a time but it looks like it is only used by MI.
> Grep for fputs_unfiltered callers, and you will see that there are
> much more calls with only 1 or 2 characters.

I already did, and pointed that out.
We don't know yet if they're a problem.
Seems like the main source of the problem would be gdb_stdout,
so let's try to fix that first and go from there.

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