After spending the last weeks struggling with this, I decided to write a blog post. First, what is “this” that you are talking about? The answer is: Linux kernel's concept of memory mapping. I found it utterly confused, beyond my expectations, and so I believe that a blog post is the write way to (a) preserve and (b) share this knowledge. So, let's do it!
It is really nice to see something you did in a project influence in future features and developments. I always feel happy and proud when I notice such scenarios happening, and this time was no different. Gary Benson, a colleague at Red Hat who works in the GDB team as well, has implemented a way of improving the interface between the linker and the debugger, and one of the things he used to achieve this is the GDB <-> SystemTap integration that I implemented with Tom Tromey 2 years ago. Neat!
Nesta última sexta-feira, dia 30/11/2012, estive presente na sétima edição do SoLiSC 2012, em Florianópolis, para apresentar uma palestra introdutória sobre o GDB. Este é um relato sobre minha particição no evento :-).
Hi everybody :-).
I finally got some time to finish this series of posts, and I hope you like the overall result. For those of you who are reading this blog for the first time, you can access the first post here, and the second here.
My goal with this third post is to talk a little bit about how you can use the SDT probes with tracepoints inside GDB. Maybe this particular feature will not be so helpful to you, but I recommend reading the post either way. I will also give a brief explanation about how the SDT probes are laid out inside the binary. So, let's start!
I tell you this: it is depressing when you realize that you spent more time struggling with blog engines than writing posts on your blog!
It's been a long time since I wrote the first post about this subject, and since then the patches have been accepted upstream, and GDB 7.5 now has official support for userspace SystemTap probes :-). Yay!
Well, but enough of cheap talk, let's get to the business!
TL;DR: Gostei de ter tido a oportunidade de dar as apresentações, e principalmente de ter feito minha primeira palestra como Embaixador do Projeto Fedora no Brasil. Sobre a palestra a respeito do GDB , também gostei do jeito que ela foi conduzida. Notei algumas falhas que precisam ser corrigidas, mas no geral a experiência foi muito boa.
A primeira palestra será sobre o Projeto Fedora. Vai ser a primeira vez que falarei sobre o projeto depois de ter me tornado Embaixador do Fedora no Brasil. Confesso que estou um pouco apreensivo, mas escolhi slides muito bons feitos pelo Paul W. Frields, ex-líder do Projeto e bastante competente em suas apresentações. Pretendo fazer um relato sobre a palestra na quarta-feira.
Espero que ambas as palestras sejam bem recebidas pelo público! Volto depois pra contar como foi :-).
After a long time, here we are again :-).
With this post I will start to talk about the integration between GDB and SystemTap. This is something that Tom Tromey and I did during the last year. The patch is being reviewed as I write this post, and I expect to see it checked-in in the next few days/weeks. But let's get our hands dirty...
This post is actually a "reply" to Gary Benson's Working on gdb post.
I have been working with GDB for quite some time now, and even though the project officially uses CVS (yes, you read it correctly, it is CVS indeed!) as its version control system, fortunately we also have a git mirror. In the end, what happens is that almost every developer uses the git mirror and just goes to CVS to commit something. But this is another discussion. Aside of this git mirror, we also have the Archer repository (which uses git by default).
My plan here is to show you how I do my daily work with GDB. The workflow is pretty simple, but maybe you will see something here that might help you.
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