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Re: -var-show-attributes response syntax
On Friday 10 November 2006 23:43, Nick Roberts wrote:
> > > I see no advantage in restricting the output but I've not used this
> > > command. How do you want to use it?
> > I want to add a new attribute there, actually, and I'd prefer to use
> > more regular name=value syntax.
> That's still a bit vague.
> You say:
> How about changing the above to "editable=0/1"?
> Are you suggesting
> ^done,attr="editable=0", ^done,attr="editable=1"
> ^done,editable="0", ^done,editable="1"
> Either case still requires the front end to do some string
I don't follow -- every syntax requires some string manipulation. In
fact, "name=value" syntax is used in many other places so frontend already
knows how to parse it.
> Can you state precisely how you would change the
> format and precisely what the benefit would be?
The benefit is consistency with other MI response.
> > > > This sounds like
> > > > breaking
> > > > backward compatibility, but probably is not, because "editable" is
> > > > broken itself:
> > > >
> > > > -var-create C * 1+1
> > > > ^done,name="C",numchild="0",type="long"
> > > > (gdb)
> > > > -var-show-attributes C
> > > > ^done,attr="editable"
> > > > (gdb)
> > >
> > > Why do you think this is broken?
> > Because you can't assign the value to "1+1" -- it's not lvalue. And
> > trying to do so will result in error from gdb.
> I see, I missed that. In fact it my example was also wrong too, constants
> in C appear to be editable. Noneditables appear to be arrays, structures,
> unions etc. However I think this a separate issue to changing the syntax.
I meant to say that this command does not seem to have useful semantic, so
backward compatibility is not that important with it.