Python API - nested pretty printers MI implications

Pedro Alves
Mon Aug 15 13:26:00 GMT 2011

On Monday 15 August 2011 13:36:50, André Pönitz wrote:

> I am not sure how partial updates on MI varobjs with phony levels 
> would work at all. 
> Imagine a data structure containing a  char m[1000000][10], and a 
> "phony level pretty printer" that displays all the m[i] with m[i][0] == 'A'.
> Suppose initially that would be the items m[1] and m[10000], so we 
> get a display like 
>    m --
>       m[1]  "A...."
>       m[1000]   "A...."
> Now the user steps over m[5000][0] = 'A'. Assuming there is no dummy
> varobj for every _potential_ child, what mechanism would trigger the 
> varobj's update to produce the display
>    m --
>       m[1]  "A...."
>       m[5000]   "A...."
>       m[10000]   "A...."     
> eventually?

AFAIK, frontends do:

-var-update 2 *

and that should yield (but doesn't):


Note new_num_children.  This should trigger the frontend re-fetching
the children of var1.m.

I think the issue here is that dynamic varobj's code doesn't
handle new children appearing before existing ones.  I got a 
patch to address that though, needed for supporting varobj's
that hide "<unavailable>" children.

Pedro Alves

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