Commit 1b596c85 authored by Waldo Bastian's avatar Waldo Bastian

Some tips for debugging io-slaves.

svn path=/trunk/kdebase/kioslave/; revision=84821
parent a8da9501
This document describes how you can debug an io-slave with gdb.
How does an io-slave get started?
Your application request 'klauncher' via DCOP for a slave. If 'klauncher' does
not have an idle slave ready, it will ask kdeinit to start a new one.
kdeinit forks and dlopens the library that contains the io-slave.
Then it calls kdemain() or, if that is not present, main() in the library.
Due to the above sequence it is rather hard to get an io-slave in your
debugger. But wait there is hope. You can start klauncher in such a way
that slaves for a certain protocol are started in debug mode.
E.g. to start all 'http' slaves in debug mode, you type:
This will restart 'kdeinit' and 'klauncher'.
When your application now requests a http slave, the slave will be started
by kdeinit, but before it calls kdemain() (cq. main()) it will suspend the
slave by sending it a SIGSTOP signal.
In the terminal from which you started kdeinit you will get the following
kdeinit: Suspending process
kdeinit: 'gdb kdeinit 16779' to debug
kdeinit: 'kill -SIGCONT 16779' to continue
You can now debug your slave by typing (or pasting) 'gdb kdeinit 16779' in
a terminal. If you don't want to debug a slave you can let it continue by
sending it a SIGCONT by typing 'kill -SIGCONT 16779'.
Be aware that slaves will not be killed while they are suspended.
Once you have started gdb, you can set e.g. breakpoints and then resume the
slave by typing 'continue'. The debugger will return immediate with a message
that a SIGSTOP has been received so you will have to type 'continue' a second
Happy debugging.
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