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Re: MI: type prefixes for values

On Apr 6, 2006, at 6:03 AM, Vladimir Prus wrote:

On Tuesday 21 February 2006 21:13, Jim Ingham wrote:

Say, I've created a bunch of variable objects for for local
variables. When I
leave the function, those variables become invalid. How do you
detect this
case? Do you have a command '-list-var-objects-that-are-dead', or
some other

We don't do this in gdb. Xcode keeps track of which varobj's go with which stack frames, and deletes them when appropriate. You want to be a little clever about this, 'cause there's no need to delete the varobj's till the function is actually popped off the stack. You might descend into another function then come back to this one, in which case the varobj's are still good.

I was thinking about this more, and still not 100% sure how Xcode can do this.
Do you mean that Xcode takes a stack trace when the varobj was created, and
deletes varobj whenever it sees that stack became shorter?

The case I'm not sure about is this:

1. main calls 'a' which calls 'b' which bits breakpoint.
2  varobj is created for local var of 'b'
3. Users says 'continue'.
4. 'b' exists and then 'a' calls 'b' again and breakpoint is
   hit again.

However, this second time it's not guaranteed that stack frame of 'b' is at
the same address as it was the last time -- maybe 'a' has pushed something on
stack. How do you detect this case?

I said this in another response, but to be clear, Xcode stores the frame_id's from each stack frame when it stops. It holds onto this, and when it stops again it checks this fingerprint against the new frame id's, and the throws away all the varobj's from the point the frame_id's vary on to the bottom of stack. There's no ambiguity if you do this.


Note, however, that the varobj's do remember their frames, so if you
tried to evaluate one that was no longer on the stack, the varobj
would report "out of scope".

Would be great to add this in FSF version.

- Volodya

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