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Re: What are the prescribed ways to extend gdb? Examples?

Oops, I should have written `--interpreter', not

On Sun, 2 Jan 2005 22:29:06 +0530, Thomas Elam <> wrote:
> What are the currently prescribed ways to extend
> gdb?  I am interested in adding to gdb: (1) a full
> scripting language (not tcl) or (2) a new GUI front-end.
> These additions could use the same or different
> methods of extending gdb.  I *might* want to link my
> code in with gdb.  I much prefer a machine-oriented
> interface to a human-oriented one.
> I have found the following references about extending gdb:
> [1] Section 4.2 of the `GDB Internals' document,
> `UI-Independent Output--the ui_out Function':
> [2] Section 24 of the `Debugging with GDB'
> document, `The GDB/MI Interface':
> This is also described in the part of GDB's info page
> related to the `-interface' option.
> [3] Section A of the `GDB Internals' document, `GDB
> Currently available observers':
> It looks like [2] is the way to go for people
> who are not maintainers of gdb.
> Examples?  I've found Insight, but I think it links
> into gdb and is apparently hard to maintain for that
> reason.  As far as I know, most or all of the front-
> ends to gdb open gdb as a separate process and
> parse its human-oriented output, which is not
> ideal, with the exception of an interface written by
> Moses Dejong.  He describes his scripting interface
> to gdb in this paper:
> Near the end of the paper, he tells where the
> Tcl source code for the interface can be found:
> It uses version 1 of GDB's MI (machine-oriented)
> interface.  I've tried this Tcl interface with
> the Debian package gdb-6.3-5 .  It seems to work,
> but I have to work with it some more, since I don't
> remember much Tcl.
> Any advice for me?

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