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Re: [PATCH] Introduce gdb_interact in testsuite

On 15-01-22 03:52 PM, Simon Marchi wrote:
> On 15-01-20 08:42 PM, Doug Evans wrote:
>> On Thu, Jan 15, 2015 at 8:40 AM, Simon Marchi <> wrote:
>>> gdb_interact is a small utility that we have found quite useful to debug
>>> test cases.
>>> Putting gdb_interact in a test suspends it and allows to interact with
>>> gdb to inspect whatever you want. You can then type ">>>" to resume the
>>> test execution. Of course, this is only for gdb devs. It wouldn't make
>>> sense to leave a gdb_interact permanently in a test case.
>>> When starting the interaction with the user, the script prints this
>>> banner:
>>> +------------------------------------------+
>>> | Script interrupted, you can now interact |
>>> | with by gdb. Type >>> to continue.       |
>>> +------------------------------------------+
>>> Notes:
>>> * When gdb is launched, the gdb_spawn_id variable (lib/gdb.exp) is
>>>   assigned -1. Given the name, I would expect it to contain the gdb
>>>   expect spawn id, which is needed for interact. I changed all places
>>>   that set gdb_spawn_id to -1 to set it to the actual gdb spawn id
>>>   instead.
>>> * When entering the "interact" mode, the last (gdb) prompt is already
>>>   eaten by expect, so it doesn't show up on the terminal. Subsequent
>>>   prompts do appear though. We tried to print "(gdb)" just before the
>>>   interact to replace it. However, it could be misleading if you are
>>>   debugging an MI test case, it makes you think that you are typing in a
>>>   CLI prompt, when in reality it's MI. In the end I decided that since
>>>   the feature is for developers who know what they're doing and that one
>>>   is normally consciously using gdb_interact, the script doesn't need
>>>   to babysit the user.
>>> * There are probably some quirks depending on where in the script
>>>   gdb_interact appears (e.g. it could interfere with following
>>>   commands and make them fail), but it works for most cases. Quirks can
>>>   always be fixed later.
>>> The idea and original implementation was contributed by Anders
>>> Granlund, a colleague of mine. Thanks to him.
>>> gdb/testsuite/ChangeLog:
>>>         * gdb.base/statistics.exp: Assign spawn id to gdb_spawn_id.
>>>         * gdb.base/valgrind-db-attach.exp: Same.
>>>         * gdb.base/valgrind-infcall.exp: Same.
>>>         * lib/mi-support.exp (default_mi_gdb_start): Same.
>>>         * lib/prompt.exp (default_prompt_gdb_start): Same.
>>>         * lib/gdb.exp (default_gdb_spawn): Same.
>>>         (gdb_interact): New.
>> [Apologies for the resend.]
>> I'm not sure why we're assigning -1 instead of a usable value,
>> but I can't find anything to suggest assigning a real id will
>> cause problems.
>> Plus given how trivial gdb_interact is, the patch is fine by me.
>> Another way such things are debugged is by first running tests
>> with TRANSCRIPT=y, and then massaging the transcript.N files
>> afterwards.  I'm all for adding more ways of debugging tests.
>> Thanks!
> Thanks, pushed.

Just a note, I added a section about this in the TestingGDB wiki page:

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