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gaudily syntax-highlighted code listings in (archer) gdb

pyglist sl command output

Gaudily syntax-highlighted code listing in gdb joins the gaudy gdb plugin family!  (Other members include gaudily colorized backtraces, which you can also see in the bottom of the screenshot.)  This, of course, requires gdb with python crammed inside.  It might require one crammed a few months ago too; I haven’t updated my archer-gdb repo for at least that long.

The “sl” plugin uses Pygments for the syntax highlighting.  Although pygments has a 256 color terminal formatter (woo!), I ended up using my pyflam module because it did not support my need to color the background of the current line without doing something convoluted.  (I would have had to create a filter that did its own line-counting and created background-color-styled token variant of every token on the desired line.)  Also, it didn’t do line numbers.

The color theme is based off the “fruity” color theme.  Much of the gaudy comes from a filter I added that tries to do various Mozilla C++-aware code styling things by recognizing naming patterns of Name tokens.  Before you complain about the colors hurting your brain, remember that this is the alternative:

not-pyglist, standard list command

That’s right.  It’s like looking at static.  You can barely make anything out.  And imagine if it was more than just the 10 lines “list” gives you.

Anywho, the repo is here: http://hg.mozilla.org/users/bugmail_asutherland.org/pythongdb-gaudy/

The README tells you what to do.  For complete-ness, and because I went to all the effort to write documentation for the command, here is what it does!

Prints a syntax-highlighted source listing.  Currently limited to only
work based on the current debug frame and position.

By default, the 11 lines before the current position and 8 lines after are
displayed.  A line context is saved between command invocations if the current
source line does not change.

Arguments when used in a new context:
  (none)  Shows the 11 lines before the current position and 8 lines after.
  N       Shows the N/2 lines befores the current position and N/2 lines after.
  -N      Shows the N lines before the current position and 8 lines after.
  +N      Shows the 11 lines before the current position and N lines after.
  M N     Shows the M lines before the current position and N lines after.

Arguments in an existing context:
  (none)  Shows the 20 lines after the last-shown lines.
  -       Shows the 20 lines preceding the last-shown lines.
  N       Shows the N lines after the last-shown lines.
  -N      Shows the N lines preceding the last-shown lines.
  M N     Shows the M last lines of the last-shown lines and N lines after the
            last-shown lines.

Arguments regardless of context
  @A,B    Shows lines A through B.

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  1. […] strings, comments, types, members, statements, etc). It’s overly colourful at this point (I know I’m not alone in liking colour), because I’m still debugging, and want to see how accurate my tokenizer/markup code is. If I […]