[RFC] [PATCH] Self Debugging on Linux

Hey everyone,

I've got some preliminary but functioning work in place in order to support
self-debugging. Immediately forthcoming is two patches, summarized below, which
implement basic support for self-debugging on Linux. I've leveraged the
ProcessMonitor architecture on Linux in order to do this, so the first patch is
a refactor of ProcessMonitor to allow me to create a different implementation of
it. The second patch actually fills in the self-debugging implementation.

[PATCH 1/2] Refactor ProcessMonitor into an abstract base class.
[PATCH 2/2] Support debugging yourself on Linux.

There's still some issues:
* I needed to disable JITLoaderGDB [1] in order to prevent lldb from attempting
   to set a breakpoint at attach. I'm also not clear on what JITLoaderGDB does
   even after perusing the code, so I'm not sure if disabling it is the right
   thing to do.
* I needed to disable LLDB copying it's stdin to it's inferior's [1] as it
   would result in multiple threads reading from stdin - making it impossible to
   use the prompt. This behavior makes sense to me if the debugee is launched
   from LLDB, but I'm not clear on why LLDB attempts to do it when you've
   attached to your debugee.
* "thread list" returns nothing. I think there's a larger problem here. Needs

Russ Harmon

[1]: gist:188533a776226257206f · GitHub

Hey Russell,

I’ll have a look at those patches sometime over the next couple days and get back here.

Thanks for sharing them!

Todd Fiala

Hey Todd,

Did you get a chance to look at the patches?


Hey Russell,

-1 for Todd. No, sorry I haven’t. We’ve had a larger than normal surge of activity over here.

But - thanks for prodding. I will make a point of walking through them as soon as I can carve out some time. (And don’t be bashful about poking again if I seem to have stalled).

I’m OOO tomorrow (working but off site) so it might be Friday before I get a chance.