My workflow with GDB and git -- part 1
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.
Checking out the code
The first thing to do is to check out the code. I only have one GDB repository here, and I make branches out of it whenever I want to hack. So, to check out (or clone, in git’s parlance) the code, I do (or did):
With this, we have just cloned the GDB repository, and also added another remote (i.e., repository). This is useful because we might want to hack on a branch which is on Archer, but use GDB’s master branch as a base.
Create a new branch for your work
So, now it’s time to create a new branch for you. Here I use one of my
little “tricks” (taught to me by my friend
Dodji), which is the command
git-new-workdir. This is a nice command because it creates a new
working directory for your project!
Maybe you’re wondering why this is so cool. Well, if you ever worked
with git, and more specifically, if you ever used more than one branch
at a time, then maybe you will understand my excitement. In this
scenario, having to constantly switch between the branches is not
something rare. When you have uncommited work in your tree you can
git stash, but that is not the ideal solution (for me).
Sometimes I would forget what was on the stash, and later when I checked
it, it was full of crap. Also, I like to have a separate directory for
every project I am working on.
It is also important to mention that
git-new-workdir is under the
/usr/share/doc/git-VERSION/contrib/workdir/, so I created an
alias that will automagically call the script for me:
So, after setting up the script, here is what I do:
In order to build the project, I create a
build-64 directory inside my
project directory (which, in the example above, is
GDB fortunately supports VPATH building (i.e., build the project outside of the source tree). I strongly recommend you to use it.
As you may have noticed, I use
-g3 (include debuginfo) and
not optimize the code) in
CFLAGS. Also, since some of the features I
work on may affect code in other architectures, I use
--enable-targets=all. It will tell configure to compile everything
related to all architectures (not only
x86_64, for example). At last,
I specify a separate debug directory which GDB should use to search for
Finalizing (for now)
After that, you will have a fresh GDB binary compiled in the
directory. But that is not enough yet, since you will also want to test
GDB and make sure you didn’t insert a bug while hacking on it. In my
next post, I will explain what is my “testflow”. I hope it will be
useful for someone :-).