[PATCH 00/13] Add gdb python scripts as kernel debugging helpers

From: Jan Kiszka
Date: Wed Oct 03 2012 - 07:22:18 EST

I'm sitting too long on this stuff, time to finally role it out:

This adds the infrastructure and first tools that make kernel debugging
through gdb more comfortable. Since 7.0, gdb supports python scripting.
And this opens the doors to automate steps like the tedious loading of
module symbols at the right address, resolving per-cpu variables or even
retrieving the current kernel log without resuming an stopped target.

Many of the helpers naturally depend on the layout of structures or
internal mechanics of the kernel. So the best place to maintain such
things, keeping them consistent with the corresponding kernel is, well,
the kernel itself.

While these scripts have been originally developed for debugging via
QEMU/KVM, I've now also added the required bits for KGDB. Works fine,
but as QEMU/KVM tends to outperform KGDB it remains the recommendation
- when available.

There are two architecture dependencies so far, one regarding per-cpu,
the other regarding thread_info calculation. None of them I was able to
test on a target, so I'm counting on review/testing by the corresponding

This series should be considered the foundation of much more kernel
state exploration helper, e.g. around tasks, timers, locks, sockets -
I guess people will have even more ideas.

Hope it's useful!

PS: Also available via git://git.kiszka.org/linux.git queues/gdb-scripts

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Jan Kiszka (13):
scripts/gdb: Add infrastructure
scripts/gdb: Add container_of helper and convenience function
scripts/gdb: Add lx-symbols command
scripts/gdb: Add get_target_endianness helper
scripts/gdb: Add read_u16/32/64 helpers
scripts/gdb: Add lx-dmesg command
scripts/gdb: Add task iteration helper
scripts/gdb: Add helper and convenience function to look up tasks
scripts/gdb: Add is_target_arch helper
scripts/gdb: Add internal helper and convenience function to retrieve
scripts/gdb: Add get_gdbserver_type helper
scripts/gdb: Add internal helper and convenience function for per-cpu
scripts/gdb: Add lx_current convenience function

Makefile | 6 ++-
scripts/Makefile | 3 +-
scripts/gdb/Makefile | 9 +++
scripts/gdb/dmesg.py | 63 +++++++++++++++++++++
scripts/gdb/percpu.py | 76 +++++++++++++++++++++++++
scripts/gdb/symbols.py | 88 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
scripts/gdb/task.py | 108 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
scripts/gdb/utils.py | 134 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
scripts/gdb/vmlinux-gdb.py | 26 +++++++++
9 files changed, 511 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)
create mode 100644 scripts/gdb/Makefile
create mode 100644 scripts/gdb/dmesg.py
create mode 100644 scripts/gdb/percpu.py
create mode 100644 scripts/gdb/symbols.py
create mode 100644 scripts/gdb/task.py
create mode 100644 scripts/gdb/utils.py
create mode 100644 scripts/gdb/vmlinux-gdb.py


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