Remote Debugging with NEXT Command
Tue Jun 10 21:13:00 GMT 2014

On Jun 10, 2014, at 5:02 PM, Ken Mandelberg <> wrote:

> I'm doing remote gdb deugging to a stub implemented on the target over tcp. SI works and NEXT works well enough skipping over a function call.
> What can be very slow is NEXT from one C statement to the next.
> When NEXT skips over a function call it implements it by setting a breakpoint at the return address.
> When NEXT skips from one C statement to the next, it does it by doing repeated SI's. This forces the target to send back a bunch of state at
> each SI. This is slow and very slow if the C statement actually has a loop in it.
> Is there any way around this other than carefully avoiding NEXT in the worst cases and manually setting breakpoints/CONT?

If your stub supports breakpoints, it will take less work for GDB to do the stepping.  Basic stepping involves placing break instructions and restoring the content, repeatedly.  That’s a lot more round trips but it requires less stub magic.


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