[Mono-dev] sdb-cli: Command Line Interface to the Soft Debugger

Alex xtzgzorex at gmail.com
Mon Jun 13 11:47:32 EDT 2011


There are two reasons I chose to use Mono.Debugging:

1) Expression evaluation.
2) Nicer interface for VM events (all the socket stuff is abstracted away).

I consider the first the most important, personally, and I don't think
there's any other (efficient) way to feature expression evaluation.
Expression evaluation is absolutely crucial, especially with a command
line debugger (where you don't have pretty type visualizers), so it
needs to be there in one form or another.

I'm also currently looking into adding ICSharpCode.Decompiler as a
dependency, which would undoubtedly add to the friction... The reason
for this is to allow decompiling assemblies for which there is no
source code, and (hopefully) support debugging (breakpoints, etc) in
the future.

Overall, it'll probably be hard to ship sdb-cli with Linux distros,
but what about the Mac packages?


2011/6/13 Robert Jordan <robertj at gmx.net>:
> On 11.06.2011 13:57, Alex wrote:
>> The driving force behind this project is being able to debug
>> applications without relying on an IDE. MonoDevelop is a great IDE,
>> but it's not always practical to use a full-blown IDE for debugging.
>> The project sits here: https://github.com/XTZGZoReX/sdb-cli
> Very nice, thank you!
>> I'm hoping this project could become an official part of the Mono
>> project. I realize that with the dependencies it has, including it in
>> the Mono repository itself would be problematic. Would it be possible
>> for it to have a repository under the Mono organization? Furthermore,
>> if it does become a part of the Mono organization, is there any way
>> that it could be packaged with Mono without causing friction (due to
>> its dependencies)? (The latter is not *that* important, but it would
>> be a great way to get this tool out to the masses.)
> Distributions are usually not amused when they have to
> compile against binary BLOBS distributed with source code.
> This means that they'd probably take sdb-cli out of the build
> because it's too much work for them to figure out a source-only
> build for these binary components.
> I did not look at the source, but is there a really compelling
> reason other than comfort to support expressions (NRefactory)
> and MD's Mono.Debugging.Soft (better abstraction)?
> Is conditional compilation an option?
> Robert
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