[fpc-devel] In FPC written FPC Debugger

Marco van de Voort marcov at stack.nl
Fri Feb 22 09:44:43 CET 2008

> Op Fri, 22 Feb 2008, schreef Michael Schnell:
> have to be enhanced to display data types as Pascal coders expect them.
> > Would it not be more appropriate to enhance GDB itself instead of setting up 
> > a completely new project.
> Enhancing gdb has been done several times. Basically all Pascal support by 
> GDB was written by our own Pierre Muller. However, there are several 
> downsides:
> - GDB does not accept patches from everyone
> - It takes a long time between patch submission and when people
>    actually have such a gdb on their systems.
> - You cannot rewrite the GDB internals as an outsider to properly support
>    Dwarf and thus Pascal
  - I don't have the feeling GDB is really trying to improve the quality on
     win* platforms. It seems we are still as far as we were when GDB 6.1
     came out.
> > This seems to be a lot less work that "reinventing 
> > the wheel". I feel that Delphi language is not the only language that offers 
> > features like or similar to "local procedures, widestrings, dynamic arrays, 
> > properties". So this effort should be supported by the "powers " of GDB.
> You will find many people are only interrested in C. People working on 
> gdb are mainly employed by embedded Linux companies of which C is the 
> primary language. They don't mind someone working on Pascal support, but 
> don't expect them to start acticvely working on features for other 
> languages.

And same for any other non-*nix use.

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