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From: nick
Subject: Suggestion/Offer
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2002 02:00:50 +0000 (GMT)


I would like to write a mode for emacs that allows it to act as a GUI for gdb
using GDB/MI. Currently (GNU) emacs only uses `gdb -fullname' in gud.el.  I
would like to extend ideas used in gud.el for xemacs written by Cygnus Support
using annotations which is, apparently, now deprecated. It would be along the
lines of the Totalview debugger : there would be no command line interpreter,
clickable stack traces, breakpoints etc. Totalview has an excellent interface
that only uses a basic widget set (at least up till version 4) which I think
could be copied using GDB/MI when the specification is complete.
The mode which I have in mind would only work with gdb (and not dbx, xdb etc)
so it would be less general. It should, however, allow much tighter
integration with emacs especially since GDB/MI could be specified with emacs
in mind. The shift to GNU/Linux in recent years also makes the Unix debuggers
less important.

I would appreciate any feedback, positive or negative, that you may have to
these ideas.


Nick Roberts

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