Re: What is the recommended method for debugging applications with Yocto

Alexander Kanavin

The three debugging sections in the yocto manual should help?


On Fri, 15 May 2020 at 17:26, Patrick Doyle <wpdster@...> wrote:
I know I can do

$ bitbake base-image -cpopulate_sdk

and distribute the resulting SDK to developers (myself included).

But suppose I've just built and deployed an image and want to debug a
core file generated by one of the applications.

I don't see .debug directories anywhere in $TMP, so when I try to tell
gdb to use the sysroot from the application, that works, but I don't
get debugging symbols libc, nor do I get stack traces (on my MIPS
(I guess it's possible that I would have found the .debug directories
if I had performed a complete build from scratch without the benefit
of the sstate-cache, but I rely upon the sstate-cache and routinely
start with a blank $TMP)

So, I can populate the sdk, and end up with a pile of .debug directories:

$ find . -name .debug -type d

Which sysroot directory is the best one at which I can point gdb for
getting debug symbols?

If I build this with an autobuilder and want to archive the sysroot
for use by gdb later, which one should I archive?

I could archive the generated SDK, but that will require that I (or
others) install the SDK just to debug a core file, which seems a
little heavy to me.  But I can do that, if that's "the Yocto way".

I wonder if there is a lighter weight mechanism for accessing the
debugging symbols during development, and for archiving said symbols
for post-development support.

Any ideas?  Best practices?  Recommended approaches?



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