Hafiz Abid Qadeer abid_qadeer@mentor.com
Fri Jul 17 15:28:59 GMT 2020

On 14/07/2020 19:58, Andrew Burgess wrote:
> * Hafiz Abid Qadeer <abid_qadeer@mentor.com> [2020-07-14 12:03:11 +0100]:
>> Hi All,
>> We have observed that a SIGINT send by an IDE can cause GDB to not print
>> MI stopped messages. Although this is very difficult to reproduce by
>> hand but the sequence look something like this.
>> 1. You do continue and GDB hits a breakpoint and starts calling the
>> observers.
>> 2. One of the observer will call into python sniffers.
>> 3. If during that time, a SIGINT has arrived, it will cause python to
>> throw exception which will cause GDB to abandon printing the stopped
>> message.
> I don't have time to test this right now, but if your diagnosis is
> correct then this should be easy to test.  Write a sniffer that sends
> itself a SIGINT and check you see the problem.
> This should make it possible to create a reliable test case.

I looked at bit more at it and it seems the behavior is intentional and
was added in 9ccabccd15603dbf9fe988c86708fe644d1398a7. If the ctrl-c
arrives while python unwinders are running then its translated to a quit
exception when back inside gdb.

In MI case, this quit exception can cause MI stop message not being
printed. I wonder if this should be classified as a defect or
intentional behavior considering the following in the documentation.

"An interrupt (often Ctrl-c) does not exit from GDB, but rather
terminates the action of any GDB command that is in progress and returns
to GDB command level. It is safe to type the interrupt character at any
time because GDB does not allow it to take effect until a time when it
is safe."


Hafiz Abid Qadeer
Mentor Embedded/CodeSourcery

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