default debugger executables

Aleix Pol aleixpol at
Wed Sep 14 22:57:17 UTC 2016

On Wed, Sep 14, 2016 at 11:25 PM, Aetf <7437103 at> wrote:
> For the debugger executable config entry, if it's empty, the plugin will use
> whatever comes first in PATH. (`gdb` for gdb plugin and `lldb-mi` for lldb
> plugin). On my linux box (Archlinux), while lldb has version numbered
> executables, there are also unversioned symlinks to latest version. Another
> difference between OSX and linux llvm?
> For duplicate menu entries. Actually I have thought about this problem for a
> while. Currently both gdb and lldb plugin provides individual attach and
> examine core actions, which don't read any configuration (because launch
> configuration are per project target).
> While I don't have a clear idea how this will be finally solved, I think the
> first step to go is to having global launch configuration entry for attach
> and examine core actions. This is already possible in gdb and lldb plugin
> code to pass in a KConfigGroup object when attaching or examining core. I'm
> just not familiar enough with the launch configuration system to add global
> configurations.
> The unsolved problem is, who is responsible for initializing the global
> launch configuration in the first place, and adding menu actions to
> KDevelop. Neither gdb nor lldb plugin is a good choice for this. And it is
> too C/C++ specific to be added to kdevplatform.
> Cheers,
> Aetf
> On Wed, Sep 14, 2016 at 12:44 PM René J.V. Bertin <rjvbertin at>
> wrote:
>> On Wednesday September 14 2016 17:50:53 Aleix Pol wrote:
>> > On Wed, Sep 14, 2016 at 9:35 AM, René J.V. Bertin <rjvbertin at>
>> > wrote:
>> >
>> > IIRC the attach action is provided by the debug plugin itself..
>> The action of attaching, indeed, yes. Maybe the widget to pick a process
>> to attach to, too, but what difference does it make which KDevelop component
>> provides the feature?
>> BTW, I did notice 2 sets of entries in the Run menu on my Linux system
>> where I have both plugins installed. It wouldn't really make sense if that's
>> really because the gdb and lldb plugins both provide the same features. I'm
>> not sure if and how you'd want to expose a debugger choice each time the
>> user moves to debug an already running process, but presenting 2 identical
>> menu items doesn't seem the way to go.
>> R.

Yes, sounds rather specific, especially considering it also needs the
PID. Anybody knows how they do it on debugger languages?

For now, I'd say it's okay to have a special action such as "Attach
gdb to process..." and "Attach lldb to process..".


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