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  1. gdb_json_printer/
  2. test/
  3. test_examples/
  4. gdbinit


This is a printer that prints variables in json format.

Install in GDB

Copy the content in gdbinit into your ~/.gdbinit, replace the path <path_to_gdb_json_printer> by the actual path of gdb_json_printer directory.

Run tests

First, in the gdb_json_printer directory, compile each example program with O0 optimization

g++ test_examples/basic_types.cpp -O0 -g -o test_examples/basic_types
g++ test_examples/objects1.cpp -O0 -g -o test_examples/objects1
g++ test_examples/objects2.cpp -O0 -g -o test_examples/objects2
g++ test_examples/objects.cpp -O0 -g -o test_examples/objects
g++ test_examples/array.cpp -O0 -g -o test_examples/array
g++ test_examples/reference.cpp -O0 -g -o test_examples/reference

second, run gdb in the gdb_json_printer directory:


finally, source the test script:

source test/

printing format

Pointer := {
  type: 'pointer',
  ctype: ctype for pointer,
  address: Address,
  reference: Struct

Struct := {
  type: 'struct',
  ctype: ctype for struct,
  address: Address,
  fields: StructField[]

StructField := {
  field: name of field,
  field_type: 'base_class' or 'argument'
  value: Value

Int := {
  type: 'int',
  ctype: ctype for int,
  address: Address,
  value: number

Float := {
  type: 'float',
  ctype: 'float' or 'double',
  address: Address,
  value: number

Enum := {
  type: 'enum',
  ctype: ctype for enum,
  address: Address,
  value: number

Visit variable := {
  type: 'visited',
  ctype: ctype for struct,
  address: Address,

problem to solve

  • support for print parent/child class members.
  • the printer treats all arrays as pointers now. We expected it to have ability to extract array/buffer length.
  • the printer prints smart pointers into a super complex json block. Maybe we need some specific printer for these common objects.