gdb with librdbg support

Paul Whitfield paulw at
Fri Feb 16 00:08:08 UTC 2007

Till Straumann wrote:
> Joel Sherrill wrote:
>> Nickolay Kolchin wrote:
>>> Hello,
>>> Where I can get GDB with librdbg support? All gdb versions on
>>> (4.18, 5.2) are build for powerpc-rtems, not
>>> powerpc-RTEMS. So, commands from librdbg manual (setrpcmode,
>>> setdaemontype, target rtems) don't work.
>>> Building GDB from sources (5.2.1 with all Patches applied), fails on
>>> configure stage:
>>> ....
>>> Invalid configuration `powerpc-RTEMS': system `RTEMS' not recognized
>>> Unrecognized target system name powerpc-RTEMS.
>>> ....
>>> Afaik, no rgbd patches for GDB 6.x exist.
>>> So, how librdbg can be used?
>> AFAIK librdbg can't be used with a modern gdb.  The internal structure of
>> gdb changed and no one has updated the code.  IMO this means that rdbg
>> is becoming obsolete and you are better off using the standard gdb remote
>> protocol and stubs.
>> Till Straumann has some nice support for gdb with dynamically loaded modules
>> at his site. Google for "Till cexp" and it will turn up.  Maybe Till 
>> will add some
> My gdb server daemon talks the gdb remote protocol over
> TCP (normal use) or a serial link (very useful if you want
> to debug the network stack or drivers).
> It is designed to be 'lightweight' i.e.,  it doesn't  freeze the
> target in its track but only suspends individual threads that
> you either explicitly attach to or that run into a breakpoint.
> This was a design choice - the advantage being that you can
> leave parts of your application running (networking, real-time
> critical tasks) and keep gdb's intrusion minimal.
> This implies, however, that the daemon needs a functional
> OS, i.e., it is not possible to debug exception handling,
> ISRs, context switching code and the like.
> As with all remote debugging, usage requires some learning.
> GDB itself can be confusing because not all commands/options
> supported by GDB itself are supported by all targets or even
> make sense on all targets (e.g., most 'process' related things
> don't apply to RTEMS).
> My daemon supports the new exception PPC, i386 and m68k
> targets.
> While the package supports the CEXP shell (i.e. it knows
> how to access linkage information for loaded modules)
> you can use it perfectly fine without the CEXP shell.
> Download + documentation can be found here:
> http://www/~strauman/rtems/gdb/index.html

Hi All,

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