aim:

in software development, step debugging is a very nice way to look at your code and see if it does what it should.

i wondered, if such a thing exists for shell / bash scripts.

develop shell bash scripts in Eclipse?

while this is possible, imho it might not be the right tool to use a massively complicated IDE for bash shell script editing.

A plugin for eclipse exists called ShellEd, which one was not able to get running with the latest eclipse „requires bundle org.eclipse.dltk.core 4.0.0,6.0.0 but it could not be found“

but it worked with rather old eclipse 3.2.0… even worse, it seems, you can not download older versions of eclipse from: https://www.eclipse.org/downloads/

(i tried, eclipse folks seem not to be bothered too much with fixing their errors…)

while eclipse is a great IDE it does not seem that ShellEd is doing step debugging.

 

we want step debugging

so we need something else

https://sourceforge.net/p/bashdb/

there are debuggers for other shells as well:

bashdb

zshdb

kshdb

https://sourceforge.net/projects/bashdb/files/

does the job.

while the name could suggest that it is about connecting bash to a db (database) db stands here for „DeBugging“ X-D (not to be confused)

bashdb setup

i am using a rather old linux vm.

INSTALL: „If you want the bash extension command readarray that speeds up loading of large scripts than read step 3 of the long instructions especially down at the bottom.

Basically to speed up the initialy debugger loading, you need the bash source headers and need to run configure using –with-bash-src.

On systems which don’t install GNU Make by default you may have to use „gmake“ instead of „make“.

In creating files and directories for the bashdb, beware that the umask of the account performing the installation is consulted as it would be for any new file or directory.

In particular, if your umask is, for example, 007, then directories that get created will have permission drwx—— which only allows that user to access the debugger support files.

Since the root account sometimes has that umask, you may want to set the umask to something more permissive like 022, before running the „make install“.

That’s it!“

„This debugger needs a debugger-enabled version of Bash 4.1 or greater.“

„It is possible to try out the debugger without installing it by using the bashdb script that is in this directory.

To do so you would invoke your script as follows, assuming you are currently in the directory (debugger) that you originally found this file in.“

$BASH -L . ./bashdb *script-to-be-debugged* *options-to-debugged-program*

where $BASH above is bash 4 with debugging enabled.

A downside to this approach is that $0 in will be „bashdb“ (or more likely „./bashdb“) rather than the name of the script to be debugged.

Also, the parameters to the bashdb invocation do not appear in a stack trace.

If this is a problem, then you will have to install the debugger, or modify the script to be debugged to point to the debugger-enabled version of bash. For example if your script were in this directory (debugger) as well is your current working directory (as shown by „pwd“), then having this at the beginning of your script:

#!/some-location/bash --debugger

might also work.

For information on the differences between „bash –debugger“ and bashdb, see Chapter 2 (Getting In and Out) of the bashdb documentation (bashdb.info, bashdb.html, or bashdb.texi)“

bash --version
GNU bash, version 4.4.12(1)-release (x86_64-pc-linux-gnu)
Copyright (C) 2016 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later <http://gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html>

This is free software; you are free to change and redistribute it.
There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.

# you might want to turn syntax vim syntax highlighting on per default
echo "syntax on" >> ~/.vimrc
# download latest version of bashdb
wget https://downloads.sourceforge.net/project/bashdb/bashdb/4.4-1.0.1/bashdb-4.4-1.0.1.tar.gz?r=https%3A%2F%2Fsourceforge.net%2Fprojects%2Fbashdb%2Ffiles%2Flatest%2Fdownload&ts=1554901391
# .... why the long url, we don't know

# unpack
tar fxvz bashdb-4.4-1.0.1.tar.gz

# step in
cd bashdb-4.4-1.0.1

./configure
make && make check
su -c 'make install'

test script:

is called array.sh, and you might just copy and paste this code into a new file:

vim array.sh

#!/bin/bash

echo "=====this creates an array====="
month=("Jan" "Feb" "Mar" "Apr" "May" "Jun" "Jul" "Aug" "Sep" "Oct" "Nov")

# add or change element to/in array
month[11]="Dec"

echo "=====this creats an associative array====="
declare -A color
color[elephant]="black"
echo ${color[elephant]}

echo "=====this prints out the 4th element in the array====="
echo ${month[3]}

echo "=====this iterates over an array====="
echo "this can iterate over integer-index and associative arrays"

for i in "${!month[@]}"
do
  echo "key  : $i"
  echo "value: ${month[$i]}"
done

for i in "${!color[@]}"
do
  echo "key  : $i"
  echo "value: ${color[$i]}"
done

echo "=====print whole array====="
printf "%s\n" "${month[@]}"
printf "%s\n" "${color[@]}"

step debug test run:

bash --debugger array.sh
bash debugger, bashdb, release 4.4-1.0.1

Copyright 2002-2004, 2006-2012, 2014, 2016-2018 Rocky Bernstein
This is free software, covered by the GNU General Public License, and you are
welcome to change it and/or distribute copies of it under certain conditions.

(/projects/bash/examples/array.sh:3):
3:	echo "=====this creates an array====="
bashdb<0> ?
Available commands:
-------------------
  action     condition  edit     frame    load     run     source  unalias  
  alias      continue   enable   handle   next     search  step    undisplay
  backtrace  debug      eval     help     print    set     step+   untrace  
  break      delete     examine  history  pwd      shell   step-   up       
  clear      disable    export   info     quit     show    tbreak  watch    
  commands   display    file     kill     return   signal  trace   watche   
  complete   down       finish   list     reverse  skip    tty   

Readline command line editing (emacs/vi mode) is available.
Type "help" followed by command name for full documentation.

# you can now type "next" or just "n" and hit enter
# to step to the next line
(/projects/bash/examples/array.sh:4):
4:	month=("Jan" "Feb" "Mar" "Apr" "May" "Jun" "Jul" "Aug" "Sep" "Oct" "Nov")
bashdb<1> next
(/projects/bash/examples/array.sh:7):
7:	month[11]="Dec"
bashdb<2> n
bashdb<3> quit
bashdb: That's all, folks...

bashdb in emacs

A special interface allows you to use GNU Emacs to view (and edit) the source files for the program you are debugging with the BASH debugger. However you must be using GNU Emacs version 21 or greater. (

M-x show-emacs-version

inside GNU Emacs will tell you what version you are running.)

To use this interface, use the command M-x bashdb in GNU Emacs. Give the executable file you want to debug as an argument. Make sure to use the version that comes with this package as this is newer than that supplied with GNU Emacs.

The bashdb command starts the BASH debugger as a subprocess of Emacs, with input and output through a newly created Emacs buffer.

Using the BASH debugger under Emacs is just like using the BASH debugger normally except for two things:

  • All “terminal” input and output goes through the GNU Emacs buffer.

This applies both to the BASH debugger commands and their output, and to the input and output done by the program you are debugging.

This is useful because it means that you can copy the text of previous commands and input them again; you can even use parts of the output in this way.

All the facilities of GNU Emacs‘ Shell mode are available for interacting with your script. In particular, you can send signals the usual way—for example, C-c C-c for an interrupt, C-c C-z for a stop. (src: http://bashdb.sourceforge.net/bashdbOutline.html#SEC71)

full documentation:

Debugging with the BASH debugger

This file describes the BASH debugger, the BASH symbolic debugger.

This is the 4.4-1.0.2git Edition, 17 November 2018, for BASH.

Copyright (C) 2002-2009, 2011, 2016 Rocky Bernstein


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1. Summary of the BASH Debugger

The purpose of a debugger such as the BASH debugger is to allow you to see what is going on “inside” a bash script while it executes.

the BASH debugger can do four main kinds of things (plus other things in support of these) to help you catch bugs in the act:

  • Start your script, specifying anything that might affect its behavior.
  • Make your script stop on specified conditions.
  • Examine what has happened, when your script has stopped.
  • Change things in your script, so you can experiment with correcting the effects of one bug and go on to learn about another.

Although you can use the BASH debugger to debug scripts written in BASH, it can also be used just as a front-end for learning more about programming in BASH. As an additional aid, the debugger can be used within the context of an existing script with its functions and variables that have already been initialized; fragments of the existing can be experimented with by entering them inside the debugger.


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1.1 A Sample BASH Debugger Session

You can use this manual at your leisure to read all about the BASH debugger. However, a handful of commands are enough to get started using the debugger. This chapter illustrates those commands.

Below we will debug a script that contains a function to compute the factorial of a number: fact(0) is 1 and fact(n) is n*fact(n-1).

$ bashdb -L .  /tmp/fact.sh
Bourne-Again Shell Debugger, release bash-4.4-1.0.2git
Copyright 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011 Rocky Bernstein
This is free software, covered by the GNU General Public License, and you are
welcome to change it and/or distribute copies of it under certain conditions.

(/tmp/fact.sh:9):
  9:	echo fact 0 is: `fact 0`
bashdb<0> -
  1:    #!/usr/local/bin/bash
  2:    fact() {
  3:    ((n==0)) && echo 1 && return
  4:    ((nm1=n-1))
  5:    ((result=n*`fact $nm1`))
  6:    echo $result
  7:    }
  8:
  9:==> echo fact 0 is: `fact 0`
bashdb<1> list
 10:   echo fact 3 is: $(fact 3)

The command invocation uses the option “-L .” Here we assume that the

bashdb

script and the debugger files are in the same location. If you are running from the source code, this will be the case. However if bashdb has been installed this probably won’t be true and here you probably don’t need to use “-L .” Instead you would type simply

bashdb /tmp/fact.sh

.

Position information consists of a filename and line number, e.g.

(/tmp/fact.sh:9)

and is given parenthesis. This position format is similar to that used in a dozen or so other debuggers; GNU Emacs and DDD can parse this format.

In the first debugger command we gave -, we listed a window of lines before where we were executing. Because the window, 10 lines, is larger than the number of lines to the top of the file we printed only 9 lines here. The next command,

list

, starts from the current line and again wants to print 10 lines but because there are only one remaining line, that is what is printed.

bashdb<2> step
(/tmp/fact.sh:9):
fact 0
9:	echo fact 0 is: `fact 0`
bashdb<(3)> <RET>
2:	fact() {
bashdb<(4)> <RET>
3:	((n==0)) && echo 1 && return
bashdb<(5)> print $n

bashdb<(6)>

Ooops… The variable n isn’t initialized.(1)

The first step command steps the script one instruction. It may seem odd that the line printed is exactly the same one as before. What has happened though is that we’ve “stepped” into the subshell needed to run `fact 0`; we haven’t however started running anything inside that subshell yet though.

To indicate that which piece of the multi-part line

echo fact 0
is: `fact 0`

we show that part all by itself fact 0. If nothing is shown then it means we are running the beginning statement or in this case the outermost statement.

To indicate that we are now nested in a subshell, notice that the command number, starting with 3, or the third command entered, now appears in parenthesis. Each subshell nesting adds a set of parenthesis.

The first step command steps the script one instruction; it didn’t advance the line number, 9, at all. That is because we were stopping before the command substitution or backtick is to take place. The second command we entered was just hitting the return key; bashdb remembers that you entered

step

previously, so it runs the step rather than next, the other alternative when you hit <RET>. Step one more instruction and we are just before running the first statement of the function.

Next, we print the value of the variable n. Notice we need to add a preceding dollar simple to get the substitution or value of n. As we will see later, if the pe command were used this would not be necessary.

We now modify the file to add an assignment to local variable n and restart.

bashdb<6> restart
Restarting with: /usr/local/bin/bashdb -L . fact.sh
(/tmp/fact.sh:10):
10:	echo fact 0 is: `fact 0`
bashdb<0> list 1
  1:    #!/usr/local/bin/bash
  2:    fact() {
  3:    local -i n=${1:0}
  4:    ((n==0)) && echo 1 && return
  5:    ((nm1=n-1))
  6:    ((result=n*`fact $nm1`))
  7:    echo $result
  8:    }
  9:
 10:==> echo fact 0 is: `fact 0`
bashdb<1> s 3
(/tmp/fact.sh:3):
3:	local -i n=${1:0}
bashdb<(2)> step
(/tmp/fact.sh:4):
4:	((n==0)) && echo 1 && return
bashdb<(3)> print $n
print $n
0

This time we use the

list

debugger command to list the lines in the file. From before we know it takes three

step

commands before we get into the fact() function, so we add a count onto the

step

command. Notice we abbreviate

step

with

s

; we could have done likewise and abbreviated

list

with

l

.

bashdb<(4)> <RET>
(/tmp/fact.sh:4):
4:	((n==0)) && echo 1 && return
echo 1
bashdb<(5)> <RET>
(/tmp/fact.sh:4):
4:	((n==0)) && echo 1 && return
return

Again we just use <RET> to repeat the last

step

commands. And again the fact that we are staying on the same line 4 means that the next condition in the line is about to be executed. Notice that we see the command (

echo 1

or

return

) listed when we stay on the same line which has multiple stopping points in it. Given the information above, we know that the value echo’ed on return will be 1.

bashdb<(6)> <RET>
fact 0 is: 1
(/tmp/fact.sh:12):
12:	echo fact 3 is: $(fact 3)
bashdb<(7)> break 5
Breakpoint 1 set in file fact.sh, line 5.
bashdb<(8)> continue

We saw that we could step with a count into the function fact(). However above took another approach: we set a stopping point or “breakpoint” at line 5 to get us a little ways into the fact() subroutine. Just before line 5 is to executed, we will get back into the debugger. The

continue

command just resumes execution until the next stopping point which has been set up in some way.

(/tmp/fact.sh:5):
5:      ((nm1=n-1))
Breakpoint 1 hit(1 times).
bashdb<(8)> x n-1
2
bashdb<(9)> s
(/tmp/fact.sh:5):
6:     ((result=n*`fact $nm1`))
bashdb<(10)> c
fact.sh: line 6: ((: result=n*: syntax error: operand expected (error token is "*")
bashdb<(7)> R
Restarting with: bash --debugger fact.sh
11:	echo fact 0 is: `fact 0`
bashdb<0> l fact
 2:    fact ()
 3:    {
 4:       local -i n=${1:0};
 5:       (( "n==0" )) && echo 1 && return;
 6:       (( nm1=n-1 ));
 7:       ((fact_nm1=`fact $nm1`))
 8:       (( "result=n*fact_nm1" ));
 9:       echo $result
10:    }

In addition to listing by line numbers, we can also list giving a function name. Below, instead of setting a breakpoint at line 5 and running “

continue

” as we did above, we try something slightly shorter and slightly different. We give the line number on the “continue” statement. This is a little different in that a one-time break is made on line 5. Once that statement is reached the breakpoint is removed.

bashdb<1> continue 5
One-time breakpoint 1 set in file fact.sh, line 5.
fact 0 is: 1
(/tmp/fact.sh:5):
5:	((nm1=n-1))
bashdb<(2)> s
6:	((fact_nm1=`fact $nm1`))
bashdb<(3)> s
2:	fact() {
bashdb<(4)> T
->0 in file `fact.sh' at line 2
##1 fact("3") called from file `fact.sh' at line 12
##2 source("fact.sh") called from file `/usr/local/bin/bashdb' at line 154
##3 main("fact.sh") called from file `/usr/local/bin/bashdb' at line 0
bashdb<(5)> c
fact 3 is: 6
Debugged program terminated normally. Use q to quit or R to restart.

When we stop at line 5 above, we have already run fact(0) and output the correct results. The output from the program “fact 0 is: 1” is intermixed with the debugger output. The

T

command above requests call stack output and this confirms that we are not in the fact(0) call but in the fact(3) call. There are 4 lines listed in the stack trace even though there is just one call from the main program. The top line of the trace doesn’t really represent a call, it’s just where we currently are in the program. That last line is an artifact of invoking bash from the bashdb script rather than running

bash --debugger

.

The last message in the output above ‘Debugged program exited normally.’ is from the BASH debugger; it indicates script has finished executing. We can end our bashdb session with the

quit

command.

Above we did our debugging session on the command line. If you are a GNU Emacs user, you can do your debugging inside that. Also there is a(nother) GUI interface called DDD that supports the BASH debugger.


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1.2 Interactive Line Tracing Session

One of the things I had found disappointing about the default

set -x

tracing behavior is that no position information is given in the trace output, in particular the line number and the file name. However with the introduction in Bash 3.0 of the introspection variables, also needed to support the debugger, one can set

$PS4

to rectify this. (I became of this in a defunct blog http://raz.cx/blog/2005/08/handy-bash-debugging-trick.html.)

Here’s what I use:

  PS4='(${BASH_SOURCE}:${LINENO}): ${FUNCNAME[0]} - [${SHLVL},${BASH_SUBSHELL}, $?]
'

Note that the string is in single quotes, not double quotes and there is a newline in the string. By using single quotes, variables which have a dollar in front of them in the string are expanded in the current environment of the line that is about to be run rather than at the time the variable

PS4

is set.

You might want to add this in your shell’s start-up script, e.g.,

.bashrc

, or

.profile

.

There is also facility inside the bash debugger showing position information when tracing a script. Here’s a simple session.

/usr/local/bin/bashdb /tmp/fact.sh
Bourne-Again Shell Debugger, release bash-4.4-1.0.2git
Copyright 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008 Rocky Bernstein
This is free software, covered by the GNU General Public License, and you are
welcome to change it and/or distribute copies of it under certain conditions.

(/tmp/fact.sh:11):
11:	echo fact 0 is: `fact 0`
bashdb<0> set linetrace on
bashdb<1> cont
(/tmp/fact.sh:11):
level 1, subshell 1, depth 0:	echo fact 0 is: `fact 0`
fact 0
(/tmp/fact.sh:2):
level 1, subshell 1, depth 1:	fact() {
(/tmp/fact.sh:3):
level 1, subshell 1, depth 1:	    local -i n=${1:0}
(/tmp/fact.sh:4):
level 1, subshell 1, depth 1:	    ((n==0)) && echo 1 && return
(/tmp/fact.sh:4):
level 1, subshell 1, depth 1:	    ((n==0)) && echo 1 && return
echo 1
(/tmp/fact.sh:4):
level 1, subshell 1, depth 1:	    ((n==0)) && echo 1 && return
return
fact 0 is: 1
(/tmp/fact.sh:13):
level 1, subshell 0, depth 0:	echo fact 3 is: $(fact 3)
(/tmp/fact.sh:13):
level 1, subshell 1, depth 0:	echo fact 3 is: $(fact 3)
fact 3
(/tmp/fact.sh:2):
level 1, subshell 1, depth 1:	fact() {
(/tmp/fact.sh:3):
level 1, subshell 1, depth 1:	    local -i n=${1:0}
(/tmp/fact.sh:4):
level 1, subshell 1, depth 1:	    ((n==0)) && echo 1 && return
(/tmp/fact.sh:5):
level 1, subshell 1, depth 1:	    ((nm1=n-1))
(/tmp/fact.sh:6):
level 1, subshell 1, depth 1:	    ((fact_nm1=`fact $nm1`))
(/tmp/fact.sh:6):
level 1, subshell 2, depth 1:	    ((fact_nm1=`fact $nm1`))
fact $nm1
(/tmp/fact.sh:2):
level 1, subshell 2, depth 2:	fact() {
...
level 1, subshell 4, depth 4:	fact() {
(/tmp/fact.sh:3):
level 1, subshell 4, depth 4:	    local -i n=${1:}
(/tmp/fact.sh:4):
level 1, subshell 4, depth 4:	    ((n==0)) && echo 1 && return
(/tmp/fact.sh:4):
level 1, subshell 4, depth 4:	    ((n==0)) && echo 1 && return
echo 1
(/tmp/fact.sh:4):
level 1, subshell 4, depth 4:	    ((n==0)) && echo 1 && return
return
(/tmp/fact.sh:7):
level 1, subshell 3, depth 3:	    ((result=n*fact_nm1))
(/tmp/fact.sh:8):
level 1, subshell 3, depth 3:	    echo $result
(/tmp/fact.sh:7):
level 1, subshell 2, depth 2:	    ((result=n*fact_nm1))
(/tmp/fact.sh:8):
level 1, subshell 2, depth 2:	    echo $result
(/tmp/fact.sh:7):
level 1, subshell 1, depth 1:	    ((result=n*fact_nm1))
(/tmp/fact.sh:8):
level 1, subshell 1, depth 1:	    echo $result
fact 3 is: 6
(/usr/local/bin/bashdb:260):
level 1, subshell 0, depth -1:
Debugged program terminated normally. Use q to quit or R to restart.
bashdb<2>

An explanation of the output. The level is how many invocations of BASH are in effect before the statement shown is executed. The subshell is how many subshells you are nested in. Subshells are used by command substitution—

`..'

and

$(...)

—as well as arithmetic expressions

((...))

. The depth is the function depth or how many calls you are nested in. A “source” command also increases this depth.

Notice also that in contrast to

set -x

tracing, the line shown is exactly as you entered it in the source. So if you indented statements in a meaningful way, it will help you understand the statement nesting level. But as before, if a line contains multiple statements, you are not executing the first statement in the line and

set showcommand

is not turned off (by default it is on), that statement is shown in addition below the multi-statement line. Such an example can be seen right at the beginning where

fact 0

is shown.

If what you want to do is trace the entire script as was done above (and not stop in the debugger when the script is over), you can get the same effect by using the

-X

or

--trace

option on the bashdb command:

/usr/local/bin/bashdb -X /tmp/fact.sh
Bourne-Again Shell Debugger, release bash-4.4-1.0.2git
Copyright 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011 Rocky Bernstein
This is free software, covered by the GNU General Public License, and you are
welcome to change it and/or distribute copies of it under certain conditions.

(/usr/local/bin/bashdb:272):
level 1, subshell 0, depth -1:	  . $_source_file
(/tmp/fact.sh:11):
level 1, subshell 0, depth 0:	echo fact 0 is: `fact 0`
(/tmp/fact.sh:11):
level 1, subshell 1, depth 0:	echo fact 0 is: `fact 0`
fact 0
(/tmp/fact.sh:2):
level 1, subshell 1, depth 1:	fact() {
(/tmp/fact.sh:3):
level 1, subshell 1, depth 1:	    local -i n=${1:0}
...
level 1, subshell 2, depth 2:	    echo $result
(/tmp/fact.sh:7):
level 1, subshell 1, depth 1:	    ((result=n*fact_nm1))
(/tmp/fact.sh:8):
level 1, subshell 1, depth 1:	    echo $result
fact 3 is: 6
(/usr/local/bin/bashdb:285):
level 1, subshell 0, depth -1:

If you issue a break (e.g. send a

SIGINT

signal) while the program is running you will go into the debugger (assuming your program doesn’t trap

SIGINT

).


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2. Getting in and out

This chapter discusses how to start the BASH debugger, and how to get out of it. The essentials are:

  • type ‘bash –debugger script-name’ or ‘bashdb script-name’ to start the BASH debugger. Or…
  • type ‘bashdb -c command string’ to give a string to run under the debugger. Or ..
  • modify your program to enter the debugger at a particular point:
    source ../bashdb-trace

    and

    _Dbg_debugger

    .

  • type quit or C-d inside the debugger to exit.

There are also two front-ends available as well. An emacs front-end which has bashdb support among others is https://github.com/rocky/emacs-dbgr/wiki.


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2.1 Starting the BASH debugger

Note: it is important to use a debugger-enabled bash. You will get an error message if the debugger is run under a version of BASH that does not have debugging support.

As mentioned above, one can enter the BASH debugger via Emacs or DDD. However you don’t have to use either of these. And these still need a way on their own to get things started.

There are in fact two other ways to start the BASH debugger. The first way is to pass the ‘–debugger’ option to bash with the name of your script the scripts arguments following that, or with a command string (

-c

).


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2.1.1 Debugging a bash string from the command line

bash --debugger -c command-string...

This form can be used to get into the debugger without having to give a script name to debug. Sometimes you may want to do this just to see how the debugger works: try some debugger commands or maybe get online help. If you run

ddd --bash

without giving a script name, it in fact uses this form.


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2.1.2 Having bash invoke the debugger and your shell script

bash --debugger script script-arguments...

This calls a debugger initialization script. It works much like a BASH login profile which may set variables and define functions. But this shell profile is customized for debugging and as such arranges for itself to get called before each statement is executed. Although there are some problems at present in I/O redirection that the method described next doesn’t have, it is expected that over time more features will be enabled in bash when the ‘–debugger’ option is in effect.

When you use ‘bash –debugger’ and the bash script you want to debug needs arguments, you need to disambiguate which place arguments are to be sent to: bash, or your program.

To disambiguate add ‘’ after your script name. For example:

bash --debugger ~/path/to/my/myscript.sh -- -o sample.out --option2

Without the ‘’, bash will thing that ‘-o sample.out‘ is to be handled by bash, rather than ‘myscript.sh’.

Alternatively you can set arguments the debuggerd script using bash’s ‘set’ command like this:

set -o sample.out --option2

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2.1.3 Having the debugger invoke your shell script

A downside of running script the way described in the previous section, via ‘–debugger’, you must have the debugger scripts installed in a place where the installed bash can find them. For this reason, in developing the BASH debugger, I use a second method more often; it doesn’t require the bash debugger to be installed. This method uses another script called bashdb which allows for giving its own options, the final option is signaled by adding

--

). After this, the name of the script to debugged and any the arguments to pass to that script are given. Using this method, one would start the debugger like this:

bash path-to-bashdb/bashdb script bashdb-options -- script-arguments...

If there is no possibilty of the BASH debugger confusing the program options with those used in your bash script, yyou don’t need to pass dash options to your program.

As with the first method,

bash

should be a debugger-enabled bash. If bashdb has the path to bash in it at the top (e.g. via

#!

), and bashdb can be found in your program-search path, then this might be equivalent to the above:

bashdb bashdb-options script -- script-arguments...

There are two or three disadvantages however of running a debugger this way. First

$0

will have the value bashdb rather than the script you are trying to run. For some scripts this may change the behavior of the debugged script. Second a traceback will contain additional lines showing the “source”-ing of the debugged script from bashdb. And third, although this way works better than the first method, over time this way may come into disuse.

An option that you’ll probably need to use if bashdb isn’t installed but run out of the source code directory is ‘-L’ which specifies the directory that contains the debugger script files.

You can further control how bashdb starts up by using command-line options. bashdb itself can remind you of the options available.

Type

bashdb -h

to display all available options and briefly describe their use.

When the bash debugger is invoked either by the bashdb front-end script or

bash --debugging

, the first argument that does not have an associated option flag for bashdb or

bash

(as the case may be) is used as the name a the script file to be debugged, and any following options get passed the debugged script.

Options for the bashdb front-end are shown in the following list.


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2.1.3.1 Command-line options for bashdb script

You can run the BASH debugger in various alternative modes—for example, in batch mode or quiet mode.

-h | --help
This option causes the BASH debugger to print some basic help and exit.
-V | --version
This option causes the BASH debugger to print its version number, no-warranty blurb, and exit.
-A | --annodate level
Add additional output which allows front-ends to track what’s going on without having to poll for such vital information. The default annotation level is 0 (none). If you are running inside GNU Emacs using the Emacs code from this package, an annotation level 3 when set will allow for automatic tracking of frames and breakpoints. See section Annotation Level (‘set annotate’).
-c | --command cmd
Run the string instead of running a script
-B | --basename
This option causes the BASH debugger to print its version number and no-warranty blurb, and exit.
-n | --nx | --no-init
Do not execute commands found in any initialization files. Normally, BASH executes the commands in these files after all the command options and arguments have been processed. See section Command files.
-q | --quiet
“Quiet”. Do not print the introductory and copyright messages. These messages are also suppressed in batch mode.
-t | --terminal | --tty tty
Debugger output usually goes to a terminal rather than

STDOUT

which the debugged program may use. Determination of the tty or pseudo-tty is normally done automatically. However if you want to control where the debugger output goes, use this option.

If you want output to go to C<STDOUT>, use C<&1>. Note: the C<&> may have to be escaped or quoted to avoid shell interpretation with forking.

-x | --eval-command
execute debugger commands from cmdfile.
-L | --library directory
Set directory where debugger files reside to directory. The default location is

../lib/bashdb

relative to the place that the bashdb script is located. For example if bashdb is located in

/usr/bin/bashdb

, the default library location will be

/usr/lib/bashdb

which may or may not exist. If it doesn’t you’ll get an error when you run bashdb. Only if the default location is incorrect, should you need to use the

-L

option.

-T | --tempdir directory
Set directory to use for writing temporary files.

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2.2 Quitting the BASH debugger

An interrupt (often C-c) does not exit from the BASH debugger, but rather terminates the action of any the BASH debugger command that is in progress and returns to the BASH debugger command level. Inside a debugger command interpreter, use

quit

command (see section Quitting the BASH debugger).

There way to terminate the debugger is to use the

kill

command. This does more forceful

kill -9

. It can be used in cases where

quit

doesn’t work.


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2.3 Calling the BASH debugger from inside your program

Running a program from the debugger adds a bit of overhead and slows down your program quite a bit. Addressing this better would mean some serious changes to BASH internals, and judging from experience in other languages there still the slowdown is still noticeable. If you have a

configure

script generated by autoconf, and you want to stop in the middle of the script, it can take quite a while.

Furthermore, by necessity, debuggers change the operation of the program they are debugging. And this can lead to unexpected and unwanted differences. It has happened so often that the term “Heisenbugs” (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heisenbug) was coined to describe the situation where the addition of the use of a debugger (among other possibilities) changes behavior of the program so that the bug doesn’t manifest itself anymore.

There is another way to get into the debugger aside from calling bashdb from the outset, and this adds no overhead or slowdown until you reach the point at which you want to start debugging. However for this method you must change the script. Because the debugger isn’t involved before the first call, there is no overhead; the script will run at the same speed as if there were no debugger up to the point where it is first invoked.


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2.3.1 Debugging a Running Shell Script

In this section we’ll show how to modify your script so that it enters the debugger when you send it a signal, and then we will show how you can call the debugger directly.

In either case, you’ll need to modify the script to load some the debugger code. The name of file to load is

bashdb-trace

and it is located in the directory where the other bash debugger files live. For example on GNU/Linux if it is in directory

/usr/local/share/bashdb

, you would first add to a BASH script the line:

    source /usr/local/share/bashdb/bashdb-trace

Although I said that running under the debugger adds overhead which slows down you program, the above command in of itself will not cause any slowdown. If possible, it’s best to put this somewhere in the main-line code rather than in a function or in a subshell. If it is put in a function of subshell and you step outside of that, some of the global variables set up in

bashdb-trace

may be lost. One the other hand if you know your debugging will be confined to just the scope of the

source

command there is no problem.

Here’s a complete example. In file ‘debugit.sh

# This is my extra debug hook
  source /usr/share/bashdb/bashdb-trace # adjust location

  echo $$
  while : ; do
        date=$(date)
        echo "$date"
        sleep 2
  done

Now run:

  $ bash ./debugit.sh
  Bourne-Again Shell Debugger, release bash-3.1-0.08
  Copyright 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006 Rocky Bernstein
  This is free software, covered by the GNU General Public License, and you are
  welcome to change it and/or distribute copies of it under certain conditions.

  9435
  Thu Jun 19 02:43:06 EDT 2008
  Thu Jun 19 02:43:08 EDT 2008

Sent it an „interrupt“ signal

  kill -INT 9435

And back to the running program:

  Program received signal SIGINT (2)...
  ->0 in file `./debugit.sh' at line 251  # not sure where 251 came from!
  ##1 main() called from file `./debugit.sh' at line 0
  bashdb<0> where
  ->0 in file `./debugit.sh' at line 9    # but this line number is now right
  ##1 main() called from file `./debugit.sh' at line 0
  bashdb<1> list 1
    1:   # Set up some interrupt handlers to go into the debugger
    2:   source /usr/share/bashdb/bashdb-trace
    3:
    4:   echo $$
    5:   while : ; do
    6:   date=$(date)
    7:   echo "$date"
    8:   sleep 2
    9:==>done
  bashdb<2> step
  (./debugit.sh:5):
  5:      while : ; do
  bashdb<3> step
  (./debugit.sh:6):
  6:      date=$(date)
  bashdb<4> continue -

The command

continue -

not only continues execution but it removes the debug trap allowing the program to run at full speed. It is suitable only if there are no breakpoints that you care to stop at.

By default,

bashdb-trace

sets up a handler for the ‘INT’ exception. If you down’t want this or you want enter the debugger on a different signal to be use,

_Dbg_handler

. With this function you can specify whether to show a call stack, stop (enter the debugger) and/or print an indication that the a signal was seen.

Here are some examples:

    _Dbg_handler INT print showstack nostop  # this is the default
    _Dbg_handler INT                         # same thing
    _Dbg_hander                              # same thing
    _Dbg_handler HUP print stop              # stop in debugger when getting

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2.3.1.1 Explicit Debugging Calls.

As we saw in the last section

bashdb-trace

installs some signal handlers. However you can make an explicit call to the debugger

     _Dbg_debugger

Let’s show an example of that. We’ll even do it under a condition:

  for ((i=1; i<=10; i++)) ;
        (( 5 == i )) && { _Dbg_debugger }
        date=$(date)
        echo "$date"
        sleep 2
  done

The debugger will be called on the 5th iteration of this loop, when

i

has the value 5.

You can also supply the number of statements to skip and the options to

_Dbg_debugger

just as you would to the debugger itself. All of the options listed in Command-line options for bashdb script can be used with the exception of

-c

(run a command) and of course you don’t supply the name of a BASH script.

For example to stop at the next line and suppress the banner you could use

_Dbg_debugger 1 -q

in the above example.


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2.3.2 Program-Controlled Line Tracing

You can also turn on and off line tracing. Here’s an example

  source path-to-program/bashdb-trace # modify location
   ...
  _Dbg_linetrace_on
  for i in `seq 10` ; do
     echo $i
  done
  _Dbg_linetrace_off
   _Dbg_QUIT_ON_QUIT=1

The

_Dbg_QUIT_ON_QUIT

variable make sure the program doesn’t stay inside the debugger after it quits. It can also be set earlier in the program.

Again

<path-to-program>

is whatever path needed to located

<bashdb-trace>

. For example it might be

</usr/local/share>

on some GNU/Linux installations.


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3. Script Setup inside the BASH Debugger


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3.1 Starting your script

After invoking the debugger you should be on the first stoppable line of your program to be debugged. At this point you can issue debugger commands to set breakpoints (see section Setting breakpoints), or watchpoints (see section Setting watchpoints), or start continue the execution of the program (see section Resuming Execution).

restart [args]
run [args]
R [args]
Use the

restart

command to restart your script under the BASH debugger. Without any arguments, the script name and parameters from the last invocation are used. The BASH debugger tries to maintain the settings, watchpoints, breakpoints, actions and so on. Internally it uses line numbers and filenames to record he position of interesting places in your program; so if your program changes some or all of these numbers may be off. Environment variable

DBG_RESTART_FILE

is and a temporary file are used to signal a restart, so you shouldn’t uset

DBG_RESTART_FILE

(or any environment variable starting with

BASHDB_

.


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3.2 Command files

A command file for the BASH debugger is a file of lines that are the BASH debugger commands. Comments (lines starting with #) may also be included. An empty line in a command file does nothing; it does not mean to repeat the last command, as it would from the terminal.

When you start the BASH debugger, it automatically executes commands from its init files, normally called ‘.bashdbinit(2). During startup, the BASH debugger does the following:

  1. Reads the init file (if any) in your home directory(3).
  2. Processes command line options and operands.
  3. Reads the init file (if any) in the current working directory.
  4. Reads command files specified by the ‘-x’ option.

The init file in your home directory can set options (such as ‘set complaints’) that affect subsequent processing of command line options and operands. Init files are not executed if you use the ‘-x’ option (see section bashdb script options).

On some configurations of the BASH debugger, the init file is known by a different name (these are typically environments where a specialized form of the BASH debugger may need to coexist with other forms, hence a different name for the specialized version’s init file). These are the environments with special init file names:

You can also request the execution of a command file with the

source

command:

source filename
Execute the command file filename.

The lines in a command file are executed sequentially. They are not printed as they are executed. If there is an error, execution proceeds to the next command in the file.


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3.3 Your script’s arguments

The arguments to your script can be specified by the arguments of the

restart

command. They are passed to a shell, which expands wild-card characters and performs redirection of I/O, and thence to your script.

restart

with no arguments uses the same arguments used by the previous

restart

, or those set by the

set args

command..

set args
Specify the arguments to be used if your program is rerun. If

set args

has no arguments,

restart

executes your program with no arguments. Once you have run your program with arguments, using

set args

before the next

restart

is the only way to run it again without arguments.

show args
Show the arguments to give your program when it is started.

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3.4 Your script’s input and output

By default, the script you run under the BASH debugger does input and output to the same terminal that BASH uses. Before running the script to be debugged, the debugger records the tty that was in effect. All of its output is then written to that. However you can change this when using the ‘bashdb’ script using the ‘-t’ option.

info terminal
Displays information recorded by the BASH debugger about the terminal modes your program is using.

Another way to specify where your script should do input and output is with the

tty

command. This command accepts a file name as argument, and causes this file to be the default for future

restart

commands. It also resets the controlling terminal for the child process, for future

restart

commands. For example,

tty /dev/ttyb

directs that processes started with subsequent

restart

commands default to do input and output on the terminal ‘/dev/ttyb’ and have that as their controlling terminal.

An explicit redirection in

restart

overrides the

tty

command’s effect on the input/output device, but not its effect on the controlling terminal.

When you use the

tty

command or redirect input in the

restart

command, only the input for your script is affected. The input for the BASH debugger still comes from your terminal.


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3.5 Script/Debugger Interaction

The BASH debugger and your program live in the same variable space so to speak. BASH does not have a notion of module scoping or lexical hiding (yet) as is found in modern programming languages and in modern versions of the Korn shell. This then imposes some additional care and awareness.

Most of the variables and functions used inside the BASH debugger start

_Dbg_

, so please don’t use variables or functions with these names in your program.

Note: there are some other variables that begin with just an underscore (

_

); over time these will be phased out. But until then, avoid those or consult what is used by the debugger. Run ‘bashdb –debugger -c „declare -p“’ to list all the variables in use including those used by the debugger.

A number of environment variables are also reserved for use; these start with

DBG_

. For example:

DBG_INPUT

,

DBG_LEVEL

and,

_Dbg_QUIT_ON_QUIT

(see section Debug),

DBG_RESTART_FILE

(see section Starting), to name a few. Finally, there are some BASH environment dynamic variables and these start with

BASH_

. For example

BASH_SUBSHELL

(see section Debug),

BASH_COMMAND

(see section Command Display),

BASH_LINENO

, and

BASH_SOURCE

to name a few.

Inside the debugger some variables may be redefined. In particular

IFS

and

PS4

, and various dollar variables

$?

,

$1

,

$2

, etc. The values before entering the debugger are saved and those variables have their old values restored when leaving the debugger. However you may notice these difference in various debugger commands. For example

examine PS4

might not return the same value as

eval declare -p PS4

. The former is picking the debugger value while the

eval

is careful to restore the value to what it was before entering the debugger.

In order to do its work The BASH debugger sets up a

DEBUG

trap. Consequently a script shouldn’t reset this or the debugger will lose control. The BASH debugger also sets up an

EXIT

handler so that it can gain control after the script finishes. Another signal intercepted is the an interrupt or

INT

signal. For more information about signal handling, see section Signals


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4. BASH Debugger Command Reference

You can abbreviate the long name of the BASH debugger command to the first few letters of the command name, if that abbreviation is unambiguous; and you can repeat the

next

or

step

commands by typing just <RET>. Some commands which require a parameter, such as

print

remember the argument that was given to them.


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4.1 Command syntax

A BASH debugger command is a single line of input. There is no limit on how long it can be. It starts with a command name, which is followed by arguments whose meaning depends on the command name. For example, the command

step

accepts an argument which is the number of times to step, as in ‘step 5’. You can also use the

step

command with no arguments. Some commands do not allow any arguments.

A blank line as input to the BASH debugger (typing just <RET>) means to repeat the previous next or step command.

Any text from a # to the end of the line is a comment; it does nothing. This is useful mainly in command files (see section Command files).


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4.2 Getting help (‘help’)

Once inside the BASH debugger, you can always ask it for information on its commands, using the command

help

.

help
h
You can use

help

(abbreviated

h

) with no arguments to display a short list of named classes of commands:

bashdb<0> help
Available commands:
  action     condition  edit     frame    load     run     source  unalias
  alias      continue   enable   handle   next     search  step    undisplay
  backtrace  debug      eval     help     print    set     step-   untrace
  break      delete     examine  history  pwd      shell   step+   up
  clear      disable    export   info     quit     show    tbreak  watch
  commands   display    file     kill     return   signal  trace   watche
  complete   down       finish   list     reverse  skip    tty

Readline command line editing (emacs/vi mode) is available.
Type "help" followed by command name for full documentation.
help command
With a command name as

help

argument, the BASH debugger displays short information on how to use that command.

bashdb<0> help list
list [START|.|FN] [COUNT] -- List lines of a script.

START is the starting line or dot (.) for current line. Subsequent
list commands continue from the last line listed. If a function name
is given list the text of the function.

If COUNT is omitted, use the setting LISTSIZE. Use "set listsize" to
change this setting.

Aliases for list: l

In addition to

help

, you can use the debugger command

info

to inquire about the state of your script, or the state of the BASH debugger itself. The listings under

info

in the Index point to all the sub-commands. See section Command Index.

info
This command (abbreviated

i

) is for describing the state of your program. For example, you can list the arguments given to your script with

info args

, or list the breakpoints you have set with

info breakpoints

. You can get a complete list of the

info

sub-commands with

help info

.

bashdb<0> help info
List of info subcommands:

info args -- Argument variables (e.g. $1, $2, ...) of the current stack frame.
info breakpoints -- Status of user-settable breakpoints
info display -- Show all display expressions
info files -- Source files in the program
info functions -- All function names
info line -- list current line number and and file name
info program -- Execution status of the program.
info signals -- What debugger does when program gets various signals
info source -- Information about the current source file
info stack -- Backtrace of the stack
info terminal -- Print terminal device
info variables -- All global and static variable names
info warranty -- Various kinds of warranty you do not have

Aliases for info: i
bashdb<1> info source
Current script file is parm.sh
Located in /tmp/parm.sh
Contains 34 lines.

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4.3 Quitting the BASH debugger (‘quit’, ‘kill’)

quit [expression]
quit [expression [subshell-levels]]
q
To exit the BASH debugger, use the

quit

command (abbreviated

q

), or type an end-of-file character (usually C-d). If you do not supply expression, the BASH debugger will try to terminate normally or with exit code 0. Otherwise it will terminate using the result of expression as the exit code.

A simple

quit

tries to terminate all nested subshells that may be in effect. If you are nested a subshell, this is normally indicated in a debugger prompt by the number of parentheses that the history number is inside — no parenthesis means there is no subshell in effect. The dynamic variable

BASH_SUBSHELL

also contains the number of subshells in effect.

If you want only to terminate some number of subshells but not all of them, you can give a count of the number of subshells to leave after the return-code expression. To leave just one level of subshell

return

does almost the same thing. (See see section Returning) There is a subtle difference between the two though:

return

will leave you at the beginning of the next statement while

quit

may leave you at the place the subshell was invoked which may be in the middle of another command such as an assignment statement or condition test.

If the environment variable

_Dbg_QUIT_ON_QUIT

is set, when the program terminates, the debugger will also terminate too. This may be useful if you are debugging a script which calls another script and you want this inner script just to return to the outer script.

kill
k
In situations where

quit

doesn’t work we provide an alternative and more forceful quit command:

kill

. This sends to the OS non-maskable KILL signal with the debugger process number. No cleanup of temporary files is done by the program.


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4.4 Stopping and Resuming Execution

One important use of a debugger is to stop your program before it terminates so that if your script might run into trouble, you can investigate and find out why. However should your script accidentally continue to termination, the BASH debugger has arranged for it not to leave the debugger without your explicit instruction. That way, you can restart the program using the same command arguments.

Inside the BASH debugger, your script may stop for any of several reasons, such as a signal, a breakpoint, or reaching a new line after a debugger command such as

step

. You may then examine and change variables, set new breakpoints or remove old ones, and then continue execution.


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4.4.1 Breakpoints, watchpoints (‘break’, ‘tbreak’, ‘watch’, ‘watche’…)

A breakpoint makes your script stop whenever a certain point in the program is reached. For each breakpoint, you can add conditions to control in finer detail whether your script stops.

You specify the place where your script should stop with the

break

command and its variants (see section Setting breakpoints). These commands allow own to specify the location by line number and file name or function name.

A watchpoint is a special breakpoint that stops your script when the value of an expression changes. There is a different command to set watchpoints (see section Setting watchpoints).

But aside from that, you can manage a watchpoint like any other breakpoint: you delete enable, and disable both breakpoints and watchpoints using the same commands.

You can arrange to have values from your program displayed automatically whenever BASH stops at a breakpoint. See section Automatic display.

The BASH debugger assigns a number to each breakpoint when you create it; these numbers are successive integers starting with one. In many of the commands for controlling various features of breakpoints you use the breakpoint number to say which breakpoint you want to change. Each breakpoint may be enabled or disabled; if disabled, it has no effect on your script until you enable it again.

Watchpoint numbers however are distinguished from breakpoint numbers by virtue of their being suffixed with the either an upper- or lower-case ‘W’. For example, to enable breakpoint entry 0 along with watchpoint entry 1 you would write ‘enable 1 2w’, the “2w” refers to the watchpoint; “2W” would work just as well.


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4.4.1.1 Setting breakpoints (‘break’ ‘tbreak’)

Breakpoints are set with the

break

command (abbreviated

b

).

break function
Set a breakpoint at entry to function function.
break linenum
Set a breakpoint at line linenum in the current source file. The current source file is the last file whose source text was printed. The breakpoint will stop your script just before it executes any of the code on that line.
break filename:linenum
Set a breakpoint at line linenum in source file filename; filename has to be one of the files previously read in and has to be specified exactly as the name used when read in. For a list of read-in files, use the ‘info files’ command.
break … if cond
Set a breakpoint with condition cond; evaluate the expression cond each time the breakpoint is reached, and stop only if the value is nonzero—that is, if cond evaluates as true. The expression is evaluated via the

let

built-in function. ‘’ stands for one of the possible arguments described above (or no argument) specifying where to break. The word “if” is often optional and is necessary only ‘’ is omitted. See section Break conditions, for more information on breakpoint conditions.

Examples:

bashdb<0> break fn1
Breakpoint 1 set in file parm.sh, line 3.
bashdb<1> break 28
Breakpoint 2 set in file parm.sh, line 28.
bashdb<2> break parm.sh:29
Breakpoint 3 set in file parm.sh, line 29.
bashdb<3> break 28 if x==5
Breakpoint 4 set in file parm.sh, line 28.

tbreak args
Set a breakpoint enabled only for one stop. args are the same as for the

break

command, and the breakpoint is set in the same way, but the breakpoint is automatically deleted after the first time your program stops there. See section Disabling breakpoints.

info breakpoints [n]
info break [n]
info watchpoints [n]
Print a table of all breakpoints, watchpoints set and not deleted, with the following columns for each breakpoint:

Breakpoint Numbers (‘Num’)
Enabled or Disabled (‘Enb’)
Enabled breakpoints are marked with ‘1’. ‘0’ marks breakpoints that are disabled (not enabled).
Count
The number of times that breakpoint or watchpoint has been hit.
File and Line (‘file:line’)
The filename and line number inside that file where of breakpoint in the script. The file and line are separated with a colon.
Condition
A condition (an arithmetic expression) which when true causes the breakpoint to take effect.

If a breakpoint is conditional,

info break

shows the condition on the line following the affected breakpoint; breakpoint commands, if any, are listed after that.

info break

displays a count of the number of times the breakpoint has been hit.

info break

with a breakpoint number n as argument lists only that breakpoint.

Examples:

bashdb<4> info break
Breakpoints at following places:
Num Type       Disp Enb What
1   breakpoint keep y   parm.sh:3
2   breakpoint keep y   parm.sh:28
3   breakpoint keep y   parm.sh:29
4   breakpoint keep y   parm.sh:28
No watch expressions have been set.
bashdb<5> info break 4
Num Type       Disp Enb What
4   breakpoint keep y   parm.sh:28
No watch expressions have been set.

the BASH debugger allows you to set any number of breakpoints at the same place in your script. There is nothing silly or meaningless about this. When the breakpoints are conditional, this is even useful (see section Break conditions).


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4.4.1.2 Setting watchpoints (‘watch’, ‘watche’)

You can use a watchpoint to stop execution whenever the value of an expression changes, without having to predict a particular place where this may happen. As with the

print

(see section Examining Data), the idiosyncrasies of a BASH or any POSIX shell derivative suggest using two commands. The

watch

command is just for a single variables; the

watche

command uses the builtin “let” command to evaluate an expression. If the variable you are tracking can take a string value, issuing something like ‘watch foo’ will not have the desired effect—any string assignment to

foo

will have a value 0 when it is assigned via “let.”

watch var
Set a watchpoint for a variable. the BASH debugger will break when the value of var changes. In this command do not add a leading dollar symbol to var.
watche expr
Set a watchpoint for an expression via the builtin “let” command. the BASH debugger will break when expr is written into by the program and its value changes. Not that this may not work for tracking arbitrary string value changes. For that use

watch

described earlier.


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4.4.1.3 Breakpoint command lists (‘commands’)

commands [bnum]
command-list
end
Specify a list of commands for breakpoint number bnum. The commands themselves appear on the following lines. Type a line containing just

end

to terminate the commands.

To remove all commands from a breakpoint, type

commands

and follow it immediately with

end

; that is, give no commands.

With no bnum argument,

commands

refers to the last breakpoint, watchpoint, or catchpoint set (not to the breakpoint most recently encountered).

Pressing <RET> as a means of repeating the last debugger command is disabled within a command-list.

You can use breakpoint commands to start your program up again. Simply use the

continue

command, or

step

, or any other command that resumes execution.

Any other commands in the command list, after a command that resumes execution, are ignored. This is because any time you resume execution (even with a simple

next

or

step

), you may encounter another breakpoint—which could have its own command list, leading to ambiguities about which list to execute.

If the first command you specify in a command list is

silent

, the usual message about stopping at a breakpoint is not printed. This may be desirable for breakpoints that are to print a specific message and then continue. If none of the remaining commands print anything, you see no sign that the breakpoint was reached.

silent

is meaningful only at the beginning of a breakpoint command list.

The commands

echo

,

output

, and

printf

allow you to print precisely controlled output, and are often useful in silent breakpoints.

For example, here is how you could use breakpoint commands to print the value of

x

at entry to

foo

whenever

x

is positive.

break foo if x>0
commands
silent
printf "x is %d\n",x
cont
end

One application for breakpoint commands is to compensate for one bug so you can test for another. Put a breakpoint just after the erroneous line of code, give it a condition to detect the case in which something erroneous has been done, and give it commands to assign correct values to any variables that need them. End with the

continue

command so that your program does not stop, and start with the

silent

command so that no output is produced. Here is an example:

break 403
commands
silent
set x = y + 4
cont
end

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4.4.1.4 Deleting breakpoints (‘clear’, ‘delete’)

It may desirable to eliminate a breakpoint or watchpoint once it has done its job and you no longer want your script to stop there. This is called deleting the breakpoint. A breakpoint that has been deleted no longer exists; it is forgotten.

With the

clear

command you can delete breakpoints according to where they are in your script. With the

delete

command you can delete individual breakpoints, or watchpoints by specifying their breakpoint numbers. Note: as described below under the “clear” command, “d” is an alias for “clear”, not “delete”.

It is not necessary to delete a breakpoint to proceed past it. the BASH debugger automatically ignores breakpoints on the first instruction to be executed when you continue execution.

clear
Delete any breakpoints at the next instruction to be executed in the selected stack frame (see section Selecting a frame). When the innermost frame is selected, this is a good way to delete a breakpoint where your script just stopped.

It may seem odd that we have an alias “d” for “clear.” It so happens that Perl’s debugger use “d” for its delete command and the delete concept in Perl’s debugger corresponds to “clear” in GDB. (Perl doesn’t have a notion of breakpoint entry numbers). So in order to be compatible with both debugger interfaces, “d” is used as an alias for “clear.” Clear?

clear function
clear filename:function
Delete any breakpoints set at entry to the function function.
clear linenum
d linenum
Delete any breakpoints set at or within the code of the specified line.

delete [breakpoints]
Delete the breakpoints, watchpoints specified as arguments.

If no argument is specified, delete all breakpoints (the BASH debugger asks confirmation, unless you have

set confirm off

). You can abbreviate this command as

de

.

Note that for compatibility with Perl’s debugger,

d

means something else:

clear

.


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4.4.1.5 Disabling breakpoints (‘disable’, ‘enable’)

Rather than deleting a breakpoint or watchpoint, you might prefer to disable it. This makes the breakpoint inoperative as if it had been deleted, but remembers the information on the breakpoint so that you can enable it again later.

You disable and enable breakpoints, watchpoints, and catchpoints with the

enable

and

disable

commands, optionally specifying one or more breakpoint numbers as arguments. Use

info break

or

info watch

to print a list of breakpoints, watchpoints, and catchpoints if you do not know which numbers to use.

A breakpoint, watchpoint, or catchpoint can have any of four different states of enablement:

  • Enabled. The breakpoint stops your program. A breakpoint set with the
    break

    command starts out in this state.

  • Disabled. The breakpoint has no effect on your program.
  • Enabled once. The breakpoint stops your program, but then becomes disabled.
  • Enabled for deletion. The breakpoint stops your program, but immediately after it does so it is deleted permanently. A breakpoint set with the
    tbreak

    command starts out in this state.

You can use the following commands to enable or disable breakpoints, watchpoints, and catchpoints:

disable [breakpoints]
Disable the specified breakpoints—or all breakpoints, if none are listed. A disabled breakpoint has no effect but is not forgotten. All options such as ignore-counts, conditions and commands are remembered in case the breakpoint is enabled again later. You may abbreviate

disable

as

dis

.

enable [breakpoints]
Enable the specified breakpoints (or all defined breakpoints). They become effective once again in stopping your program.

Except for a breakpoint set with

tbreak

(see section Setting breakpoints), breakpoints that you set are initially enabled; subsequently, they become disabled or enabled only when you use one of the commands above. (The command

until

can set and delete a breakpoint of its own, but it does not change the state of your other breakpoints; see Resuming Execution.)


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4.4.1.6 Break conditions (‘condition’)

The simplest sort of breakpoint breaks every time your script reaches a specified place. You can also specify a condition for a breakpoint. A condition is just a BASH expression.

Break conditions can be specified when a breakpoint is set, by using ‘if’ in the arguments to the

break

command. See section Setting breakpoints. A breakpoint with a condition evaluates the expression each time your script reaches it, and your script stops only if the condition is true. They can also be changed at any time with the

condition

command.

There is also a notion of a “one-time” breakpoint which gets deleted as soon as it is hit, so that that breakpoint is executed once only.

Conditions are also accepted for watchpoints; you may not need them, since a watchpoint is inspecting the value of an expression anyhow—but it might be simpler, say, to just set a watchpoint on a variable name, and specify a condition that tests whether the new value is an interesting one.

condition bnum expression
Specify expression as the break condition for breakpoint bnum. After you set a condition, breakpoint bnum stops your program only if the value of expression is true (nonzero).
condition bnum
Remove the condition from breakpoint number bnum. It becomes an ordinary unconditional breakpoint.

BASH does not actually evaluate expression at the time the

condition

command (or a command that sets a breakpoint with a condition, like

break if …

) is given, however.

Examples;

condition 1 x>5   # Stop on breakpoint 0 only if x>5 is true.
condition 1       # Change that! Unconditinally stop on breakpoint 1.

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4.4.2 Resuming Execution (‘step’, ‘next’, ‘finish’, ‘skip’, ‘continue’, ‘debug’, ‘return’)

A typical technique for using stepping is to set a breakpoint (see section Breakpoints; watchpoints) at the beginning of the function or the section of your script where a problem is believed to lie, run your script until it stops at that breakpoint, and then step through the suspect area, examining the variables that are interesting, until you see the problem happen.

Continuing means resuming program execution until your script completes normally. In contrast, stepping means executing just one more “step” of your script, where “step” may mean either one line of source code. Either when continuing or when stepping, your script may stop even sooner, due to a breakpoint or a signal.


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4.4.2.1 Step (‘step’)

step[+|-] [count]
Continue running your script until control reaches a different source line, then stop it and return control to the BASH debugger. An default alias alias for this is

s

.

The

step

command only stops at the first instruction of a source line. This prevents the multiple stops that could otherwise occur in

switch

statements,

for

loops, etc.

step

continues to stop if a function that has debugging information is called within the line. In other words,

step

steps inside any functions called within the line.

Sometimes you want to step ensure that the next line is different from the one you currently are on. To do this, add the

+

suffix. And if you find you want to do this all of the time there is a setting

force

that will have this be the default behavior. On the other hand if you want to be explicit about not having this behavior even when

force

is in effect add the

-

suffix.

With a count, continue running as in

step

, but do so count times. If a breakpoint is reached, or a signal not related to stepping occurs before count steps, stepping stops right away.


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4.4.2.2 Next (‘next’)

next [count]
Continue to the next source line in the current (innermost) stack frame. This is similar to

step

, but function calls that appear within the line of code are executed without stopping. Execution stops when control reaches a different line of code at the original stack level that was executing when you gave the

next

command. This command is abbreviated

n

.

An argument count is a repeat count, as for

step

.


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4.4.2.3 Finish (‘finish’)

finish
Continue running until just after function returns. Currently, the line shown on a return is the function header, unless the

return

builtin function is executed in which case it is the line number of the

return

function.

Contrast this with the

return

command (see section Returning from a function) and the

quit

(see section Quitting the BASH debugger).


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4.4.2.4 Skip (‘skip’)

skip [count]
Skip execution of the next source line. This may be useful if you have an action that “fixes” existing code in the script. The

debug

command internally uses the

skip

command to skip over existing non-debugged invocation that was presumably just run.


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4.4.2.5 Continue (‘continue’)

continue [- | line-specification]
c [line-specification]
Resume program execution, at the address where your script last stopped; any breakpoints set at that address are bypassed.

The optional argument line-specification allows you to specify a location (a line number, function, or filename linenumber combination) to set a one-time breakpoint which is deleted when that breakpoint is reached. Should the program stop before that breakpoint is reached, in a listing of the breakpoints you will see this entry with the condition 9999 which indicates a one-time breakpoint.

If instead of a line specification you enter

-

, debugging will be turned of after continuing causing the program to run at full speed.

To resume execution at a different place, you can use

return

(see section Returning from a function) to go back to the calling function or sourced script. If you are nested inside a subshell,

quit

with a value for the number of subshells to exit also functions like a return.


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4.4.2.6 Debug (‘debug’)

debug [script-name]
Debug into script-name. If no name is given the current source line is used. In either case the options are prepended to cause the debugger to run.

The nesting level of the debugger is saved inside environment variable

_Dbg_DEBUGGER_LEVEL

. The debugger prompt indicates the level of nesting by enclosing the history in that many nestings of

<>

symbols.


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4.4.2.7 Returning from a function, sourced file, or subshell (‘return’)

return
You can cancel execution of a function call or a subshell with the

return

command.

The

return

command does not resume execution; it leaves the program stopped in the state that would exist if the function had just returned. See also the

quit

command (Quitting the BASH debugger). In some situations

return

is similar to

quit

: in particular when the script is not currently inside in a function and the number of subshells in effect is 0, or when a subshell count of 1 is given on the

quit

command.

In contrast, the

finish

command (see section Finish) resumes execution until the selected stack frame returns naturally.


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4.4.3 Signals (‘handle’, ‘info handle’, ‘signal’)

A signal is an asynchronous event that can happen in a program. The operating system defines the possible kinds of signals, and gives each kind a name and a number. For example, in Unix

SIGINT

is the signal a program gets when you type an interrupt character (often C-c);

SIGALRM

occurs when the alarm clock timer goes off (which happens only if your program has requested an alarm).

Some signal handlers are installed and changed for the BASH debugger’s normal use:

SIGDEBUG

and

SIGEXIT

.

SIGDEBUG

is used by the debugger to potentially stop your program before execution of each statement occurs, and

SIGEXIT

is used to catch your program just before it is set to leave so you have the option of restarting the program with the same options (and not leave the debugger) or let the program quit.

Signal handlers that the debugged script might have installed are saved and called before the corresponding debugger handler. Thus, the debugged program should work roughly in the same fashion as when it is not debugged. However there are some call-stack variables which inevitably will differ. To try to hedge this a little so the behavior is the same, the BASH debugger will modify arguments to the traps if it finds one of the call-stack that change as a result of the debugger being in place. In particular

$LINENO

will get replaced with

${BASH_LINENO[0]}

; also

${BASH_LINENO[0]}

and

${BASH_SOURCE[0]}

get replaced with

${BASH_LINENO[1]}

and

${BASH_SOURCE[1]}

respectively.

The debugger also installs an interrupt handler

SIGINT

so that errant programs can be interrupted and you can find out where the program was when you interrupted it.

Some signals, including

SIGALRM

, are a normal part of the functioning of your program. Others, such as

SIGSEGV

, indicate errors; these signals are fatal (they kill your program immediately) if the program has not specified in advance some other way to handle the signal.

SIGINT

does not indicate an error in your program, but it is normally fatal so it can carry out the purpose of the interrupt: to kill the program.

BASH has the ability to detect any occurrence of a signal in your program. You can tell BASH in advance what to do for each kind of signal.

Normally, BASH is set up to let the non-erroneous signals like

SIGALRM

be silently passed to your program (so as not to interfere with their role in the program’s functioning) but to stop your program immediately whenever an error signal happens. You can change these settings with the

handle

command.


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4.4.3.1 Intercepting Signals (‘handle’, ‘info handle’)

handle signal keywords
Change the way BASH handles signal signal. signal can be the number of a signal or its name (with or without the ‘SIG’ at the beginning). The keywords say what change to make.
info signals
info handle
Print a table of all the kinds of signals and how BASH has been told to handle each one. You can use this to see the signal numbers of all the defined types of signals.

info handle

is an alias for

info signals

.

The keywords allowed by the

handle

command can be abbreviated. Their full names are:

stop
BASH should stop your program when this signal happens. This implies the

print

keyword as well.

nostop
BASH should not stop your program when this signal happens. It may still print a message telling you that the signal has come in.
print
BASH should print a message when this signal happens.
noprint
BASH should not mention the occurrence of the signal at all.
stack
BASH should print a stack trace when this signal happens.
nostack
BASH should not print a stack trace when this signal occurs.

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4.4.3.2 Sending your program a signal (‘signal’)

signal signal-name | signal-number
You can use the

signal

command send a signal to your program. Supply either the signal name, e.g.

SIGINT

, or the signal number

15

.


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4.5 Examining the Stack Frame (‘where’, ‘frame’, ‘up’, ‘down’)

When your script has stopped, one thing you’ll probably want to know is where it stopped and some idea of how it got there.

Each time your script performs a function call (either as part of a command substitution or not), or ‘source’s a file, information about this action is saved. The call stack then is this a history of the calls that got you to the point that you are currently stopped at.

One of the stack frames is selected by the BASH debugger and many the BASH debugger commands refer implicitly to the selected frame. In particular, whenever you ask the BASH debugger to list lines without giving a line number or location the value is found in the selected frame. There are special the BASH debugger commands to select whichever frame you are interested in. See section Selecting a frame.

When your program stops, BASH automatically selects the currently executing frame and describes it briefly, similar to the

frame

command.


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4.5.1 Stack frames

The call stack is divided up into contiguous pieces called stack frames, or frames for short; each frame is the data associated with one call to one function. The frame contains the line number of the caller of the function, the source-file name that the line refers to a function name (which could be the built-in name “source”)..

When your script is started, the stack has only one frame, that of the function

main

. This is called the initial frame or the outermost frame. Each time a function is called, a new frame is made. Each time a function returns, the frame for that function invocation is eliminated. If a function is recursive, there can be many frames for the same function. The frame for the function in which execution is actually occurring is called the innermost frame. This is the most recently created of all the stack frames that still exist.

the BASH debugger assigns numbers to all existing stack frames, starting with zero for the innermost frame, one for the frame that called it, and so on upward. These numbers do not really exist in your script; they are assigned by the BASH debugger to give you a way of designating stack frames in the BASH debugger commands.


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4.5.2 Backtraces (‘where’)

A backtrace is essentially the same as the call stack: a summary of how your script got where it is. It shows one line per frame, for many frames, starting with the place that you are stopped at (frame zero), followed by its caller (frame one), and on up the stack.

backtrace
bt
where
T
Print a backtrace of the entire stack: one line per frame for all frames in the stack.
backtrace n
bt n
where n
T n
Similar, but print only the innermost n frames.

The names

where

and

T

are additional aliases for

backtrace

.

Each line in the backtrace shows the frame number and the function name, the source file name and line number, as well as the function name.

Here is an example of a backtrace taken a program in the regression-tests ‘parm.sh’.

% ../bashdb -n -L .. parm.sh
Bourne-Again Shell Debugger, release 4.4-1.0.2git
Copyright 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011 Rocky Bernstein
This is free software, covered by the GNU General Public License, and you are
welcome to change it and/or distribute copies of it under certain conditions.

(./parm.sh:21):
21:	fn1 5
bashdb<0> continue fn3
One-time breakpoint 1 set in file ./parm.sh, line 17.
fn2: testing 1 2 3
(./parm.sh:17):
17:	fn3() {
bashdb<1> where
->0 in file `./parm.sh' at line 14
##1 fn3() called from file `./parm.sh' at line 14
##2 fn2("testing 1", "2 3") called from file `parm.sh' at line 5
##3 fn1("0") called from file `parm.sh' at line 9
##4 fn1("1") called from file `parm.sh' at line 9
##5 fn1("2") called from file `parm.sh' at line 9
##6 fn1("3") called from file `parm.sh' at line 9
##7 fn1("4") called from file `parm.sh' at line 9
##8 fn1("5") called from file `parm.sh' at line 21
##9 source("parm.sh") called from file `bashdb' at line 143
##10 main("-n", "-L", "..", "parm.sh") called from file `bashdb' at line 0

The display for “frame” zero isn’t a frame at all, although it has the same information minus a function name; it just indicates that your script has stopped at the code for line

14

of

./parm.sh

.


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4.5.3 Selecting a frame (‘up’, ‘down’, ‘frame’)

Commands for listing source code in your script work on whichever stack frame is selected at the moment. Here are the commands for selecting a stack frame; all of them finish by printing a brief description of the stack frame just selected.

up [n]
Move n frames up the stack. For positive numbers n, this advances toward the outermost frame, to higher frame numbers, to frames that have existed longer. Using a negative n is the same as issuing a

down

command of the absolute value of the n. Using zero for n does no frame adjustment, but since the current position is redisplayed, it may trigger a resynchronization if there is a front end also watching over things.

n defaults to one. You may abbreviate

up

as

u

.

down [n]
Move n frames down the stack. For positive numbers n, this advances toward the innermost frame, to lower frame numbers, to frames that were created more recently. Using a negative n is the same as issuing a

up

command of the absolute value of the n. Using zero for n does no frame adjustment, but since the current position is redisplayed, it may trigger a resynchronization if there is a front end also watching over things.

n defaults to one. You may abbreviate

down

as

do

.

All of these commands end by printing two lines of output describing the frame. The first line shows the frame number, the function name, the arguments, and the source file and line number of execution in that frame. The second line shows the text of that source line.

For example:

bashdb<8> up
19:	sourced_fn
bashdb<8> T
##0 in file `./bashtest-sourced' at line 8
->1 sourced_fn() called from file `bashtest-sourced' at line 19
##2 source() called from file `bashdb-test1' at line 23
##3 fn2() called from file `bashdb-test1' at line 33
##4 fn1() called from file `bashdb-test1' at line 42
##5 main() called from file `bashdb-test1' at line 0

After such a printout, the

list

command with no arguments prints ten lines centered on the point of execution in the frame. See section Printing source lines.

frame args
The

frame

command allows you to move from one stack frame to another, and to print the stack frame you select. args is the the stack frame number;

frame 0

then will always show the current and most recent stack frame.

If a negative number is given, counting is from the other end of the stack frame, so

frame -1

shows the least-recent, outermost or most “main” stack frame.

Without an argument,

frame

prints the current stack frame. Since the current position is redisplayed, it may trigger a resynchronization if there is a front end also watching over things.


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4.6 Examining Source Files (‘list’)

the BASH debugger can print parts of your script’s source. When your script stops, the BASH debugger spontaneously prints the line where it stopped. Likewise, when you select a stack frame (see section Selecting a frame), the BASH debugger prints the line where execution in that frame has stopped. You can print other portions of source files by explicit command.

If you use the BASH debugger through its GNU Emacs interface, you may prefer to use Emacs facilities to view source.

To print lines from a source file, use the

list

command (abbreviated

l

). By default, ten lines are printed. There are several ways to specify what part of the file you want to print.

Here are the forms of the

list

command most commonly used:

list linenum
l linenum
Print lines centered around line number linenum in the current source file.
list function
l function
Print the text of function.
list
l
Print more lines. If the last lines printed were printed with a

list

command, this prints lines following the last lines printed; however, if the last line printed was a solitary line printed as part of displaying a stack frame (see section Examining the Stack), this prints lines centered around that line.

list -
l -
Print lines just before the lines last printed.

By default, the BASH debugger prints ten source lines with any of these forms of the

list

command. You can change this using

set listsize

:

set listsize count
Make the

list

command display count source lines (unless the

list

argument explicitly specifies some other number).

show listsize
Display the number of lines that

list

prints.

Repeating a

list

command with <RET> discards the argument, so it is equivalent to typing just

list

. This is more useful than listing the same lines again. An exception is made for an argument of ‘’; that argument is preserved in repetition so that each repetition moves up in the source file.

In general, the

list

command expects you to supply a linespecs. Linespecs specify source lines; there are several ways of writing them, but the effect is always to specify some source line.

Here is a complete description of the possible arguments for

list

:

list linespec
Print lines centered around the line specified by linespec.
list first increment
Print increment lines starting from first
list first
Print lines starting with first.
list -
Print lines just before the lines last printed.
list .
Print lines after where the script is stopped.
list
As described in the preceding table.

Here are the ways of specifying a single source line—all the kinds of linespec.

number
Specifies line number of the current source file. When a

list

command has two linespecs, this refers to the same source file as the first linespec.

filename:number
Specifies line number in the source file filename.
function
Specifies the line that function function is listed on.

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4.7 Editing Source files (‘edit’)

To edit the lines in a source file, use the

edit

command. The editing program of your choice is invoked with the current line set to the active line in the program. Alternatively, you can give a line specification to specify what part of the file you want to print if you want to see other parts of the program.

You can customize to use any editor you want by using the

EDITOR

environment variable. The only restriction is that your editor (say

ex

), recognizes the following command-line syntax:

ex +number file

The optional numeric value +number specifies the number of the line in the file where to start editing. For example, to configure the BASH debugger to use the

vi

editor, you could use these commands with the

sh

shell:

EDITOR=/usr/bin/vi
export EDITOR
gdb …

or in the

csh

shell,

setenv EDITOR /usr/bin/vi
gdb …
edit [line specification]
Edit line specification using the editor specified by the

EDITOR

environment variable.


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4.8 Searching source files (‘search’, ‘reverse’, ‘/…/’, ‘?..?’)

There are two commands for searching through the current source file for a BASH extended pattern-matching expression.

forward bash-pattern
search bash-pattern
The command ‘forward bash-pattern’ checks each line, starting with the one following the current line, for a match for bash-pattern which is an extended bash pattern-matching expression. It lists the line that is found. You can use the synonym ‘search bash-pattern’ or abbreviate the command name as

fo

or

/pat/

.

reverse bash-pattern
The command ‘reverse bash-pattern’ checks each line, starting with the one before the last line listed and going backward, for a match for bash-pattern. It lists the line that is found. You can abbreviate this command as

rev

or

?bash-pattern?

.


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4.9 Examining Data (‘print’, ‘examine’, ‘info variables’)

One way to examine string data in your script is with the

print

command (abbreviated

p

). However a more versatile print command is

x

; it can print variable and function definitions and can do arithmetic computations. Finally, the most general method would be via

eval echo

.

print expr
Use

print

to display strings as you would from

echo

. And as such, variable names to be substituted have to be preceded with a dollar sign. As with echo, filename expansion, e.g. tilde expansion, is performed on unquoted strings. So for example if you want to print a *, you would write ‘print „*“’, not ‘print *’. If you want to have the special characters dollars sign appear, use a backslash.

bashdb<0> print the value of x is $x
the value of x is 22
bashdb<1> p The home directory for root is ~root
The home directory for root is /root
bashdb<2> p '*** You may have won $$$ ***'
*** You may have won $$$ ***
bashdb<3> # Note the use of the single quotes.
bashdb<3> # Compare what happens with double quotes or no quotes
print
p
If you omit expr, the BASH debugger displays the last expression again.
x variable1 [variable2...]
x expr
This is a smarter, more versatile “print” command, and although sometimes it might not be what you want, and you may want to resort to either

print

or

eval echo...

.

As with

print

, if you omit expr, the BASH debugger displays the last expression again.

The

x

command first checks if expr is variable or a list of variables delimited by spaces. If it is, the definition(s) and value(s) of each printed via BASH’s

declare -p

command. This will show the variable’s attributes such as if it is read only or if it is an integer. If the variable is an array, that is show and the array values are printed.

If instead expr is a function, the function definition is printed via BASH’s

declare -f

command. If expr was neither a variable nor an expression, then we try to get a value via

let

. And if this returns an error, as a last resort we call

print

and give what it outputs.

Since

let

may be used internally and since (to my thinking)

let

does funny things, the results may seem odd unless you understand the sequence tried above and how

let

works. For “example if the variable

foo

has value 5, then ‘x foo’ shows the definition of foo with value 5, and ‘x foo+5’ prints 10 as expected. So far so good. However if

foo

is has the value ‘alpha’, ‘x foo+5’ prints 5 because

let

has converted the string ‘alpha’ into the numeric value 0. So ‘p foo+5’ will simply print “foo+5”; if you want the value of “foo” substituted inside a string, for example you expect “the value of foo is $foo” to come out “the value of foo is 5”, then the right command to use is

print

rather than

x

, making sure you add the dollar onto the beginning of the variable.

bashdb<0> examine x y
declare -- x="22"
declare -- y="23"
bashdb<1> examine x+y
45
bashdb<2> x fn1
fn1 ()
{
    echo "fn1 here";
    x=5;
    fn3
}
bashdb<2> x FUNCNAME
declare -a FUNCNAME='([0]="_Dbg_cmd_x" [1]="_Dbg_cmdloop" [2]="_Dbg_debug_trap_handler" [3]="main")'
V [!][pattern]
If you want to all list variables and values or a set of variables by pattern, use this command.

bashdb<0> V dq*
dq_args="dq_*"
dq_cmd="V"
bashdb<1> V FUNCNAME
FUNCNAME='([0]="_Dbg_cmd_list_variables" [1]="_Dbg_cmdloop" [2]="_Dbg_debug_trap_handler" [3]="main")'

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4.10 Automatic display (‘display’, ‘undisplay’)

If you find that you want to print the value of an expression frequently (to see how it changes), you might want to add it to the automatic display list so that the BASH debugger evaluates a statement each time your program stops. Each expression added to the list is given a number to identify it; to remove an expression from the list, you specify that number. The automatic display looks like this:

2 (echo $x): 38

This display shows item numbers, expressions and their current values.

display expr
Add the expression expr to the list of expressions to display each time your program stops.
display
Display the current values of the expressions on the list, just as is done when your program stops.

undisplay dnums
delete display dnums
Remove item numbers dnums from the list of expressions to display.

undisplay

does not repeat if you press <RET> after using it. (Otherwise you would just get the error ‘No display number …’.)

disable display dnums
Disable the display of item numbers dnums. A disabled display item is not printed automatically, but is not forgotten. It may be enabled again later.

enable display dnums
Enable display of item numbers dnums. It becomes effective once again in auto display of its expression, until you specify otherwise.

info display
Print the list of expressions previously set up to display automatically, each one with its item number, but without showing the values. This includes disabled expressions, which are marked as such. It also includes expressions which would not be displayed right now because they refer to automatic variables not currently available.

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4.11 Running Arbitrary BASH and Shell commands (‘eval’, ‘shell’)

The two most general commands and most “low-level” are

eval

and

shell

.

eval [ bash-code ]
e
In contrast to the commands of the last section the most general way to examine data is through

eval

. But you do much more with this; you can change the values of variables, since, you are just evaluating BASH code.

If you expect output, you should arrange that in the command, such as via

echo

or

printf

. For example, to print the value of foo, you would type ‘e echo $foo’. This is bit longer than ‘p $foo’ or (when possible) ‘x foo’. However suppose you wanted to find out how the builtin test operator ‘[’ works with the ‘-z’ test condition. You could use

eval

to do this such as ‘e [ -z „$foo“] && echo „yes“’.

eval
I find I sometimes want to run the line that’s about to be executed to see if I want to step into methods that are called.

For example:

(/etc/apparmor/functions:24):
PROFILES="/etc/apparmor.d"
bashdb<2>

I had been cutting and pasting the command as shown, but realized I could do better if I made a command for this. So that’s what I’ve done.

If you run the ‘eval’ command without any arguments, it will run the command that is about to be run.

(/etc/apparmor/functions:24):
PROFILES="/etc/apparmor.d"
bashdb<2> eval
eval: PROFILES="/etc/apparmor.d"
$? is 0
bashdb<3>

This was working fine, until I started coming across tests inside

if

,

elsif

,

case

,

return

or

while

blocks. For example:

(/etc/init.d/apparmor:70):
if [ "$1" = "recache" ]

Suppose I want to know which branch I’m going to take before taking the branch. That way I might even be able to change which way to go by changing the test before it runs in the debugged program. (In the above example, I could print $1

bashdb<2> pr $1
status

But I’m lazy. I’d rather let the debugger do the work for me:

bashdb<1> eval?
eval: [ "$1" = "recache" ]
$? is 1

If you alias eval with a name that ends in ? it will strip off any leading

if

,

case

,

while

,

elsif

, or

return

.

!! command string
If you need to execute occasional shell commands during your debugging session, there is no need to leave or suspend the BASH debugger; you can just use the

shell

command or its alias

!!

.

Invoke a shell to execute command string.

shell
Although the debugger allows one to evaluate arbitrary BASH code using

eval

, or via the

set autoeval

mode, sometimes you might prefer to work inside a BASH shell to see variables, experiment, issue commands (using the currently-set up environment), and even change variables and functions.

For this we, the debugger

shell

command, enters a nested shell session. But before it does this, it saves out variable and function definitions in the current context of the running program. That way, you have access to those.

This however creates a new problem: getting changes you make reflected back into the running program. Right now any variable you change can be flagged to have its value re-read when the shell exits. This is done using the

save_var

function inside the nested shell.

save_var

takes a list of variable names.

Here is an example session

bashdb /etc/init.d/apparmor status
bashdb debugger, release 4.2-0.8

Copyright 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 Rocky Bernstein
This is free software, covered by the GNU General Public License, and you are
welcome to change it and/or distribute copies of it under certain conditions.
...
(/etc/init.d/apparmor:35):
. /etc/apparmor/functions
bashdb<1> s
(/etc/apparmor/functions:24):
PROFILES="/etc/apparmor.d"
bashdb<2> s
(/etc/apparmor/functions:25):
PARSER="/sbin/apparmor_parser"
bashdb<3> shell
bashdb $ typeset -p PROFILES
typeset -p PROFILES
typeset PROFILES=/etc/apparmor.d
bashdb $ PROFILES='Hi, Mom!'
bashdb $ save_vars PROFILES
bashdb $  <EOF>
(/etc/apparmor/functions:25):
PARSER="/sbin/apparmor_parser"
bashdb<4> x PROFILES
typeset PROFILES='Hi, Mom!'

Note that inside the nested shell the we have set the prompt has been set to

bashdb $

.


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4.12 Interfacing to the OS (‘cd’, ‘pwd’)

cd
Set working directory to directory for debugger and program being debugged. Tilde expansion, variable and filename expansion is performed on directory. If no directory is given, we print out the current directory which is really the same things as running

pwd

.

Note that

gdb

is a little different in that it performs tilde expansion but not filename or variable expansion and the directory argument is not optional as it is here.

pwd
Prints the working directory as the program sees things.

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4.13 Status and Debugger Settings (‘info’, ‘show’)

In addition to

help

, you can use the BASH commands

info

and

show

to inquire about the state of your program, or the state of BASH itself. Each command supports many topics of inquiry; here we introduce each of them in the appropriate context. The listings under

info

and under

show

in the Index point to all the sub-commands. See section Command Index.


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4.13.1 Showing information about the program being debugged (‘info’)

This

info

command (abbreviated

i

) is for describing the state of your program. For example, you can list the current

$1

,

$2

parameters with

info args

, or list the breakpoints you have set with

info breakpoints

or

info watchpoints

. You can get a complete list of the

info

sub-commands with

help
info

.

info args
Argument variables (e.g. $1, $2, …) of the current stack frame.
info breakpoints
Status of user-settable breakpoints
info display
Show all display expressions
info files
Source files in the program
info functions
All function names
info line
list current line number and and file name
info program
Execution status of the program.
info signals
What debugger does when program gets various signals
info source
Information about the current source file
info stack
Backtrace of the stack
info terminal
Print terminal device
info variables
All global and static variable names

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4.13.2 Show information about the debugger (‘show’)

In contrast to

info

,

show

is for describing the state of BASH itself. You can change most of the things you can

show

, by using the related command

set

;

The distinction between

info

and

show

however is a bit fuzzy and is kept here to try to follow the GDB interface. For example, to list the arguments given to your script use

show args

;

info args

does something different.

Here are three miscellaneous

show

subcommands, all of which are exceptional in lacking corresponding

set

commands:

show version
Show what version of BASH is running. You should include this information in BASH bug-reports. If multiple versions of BASH are in use at your site, you may need to determine which version of BASH you are running; as BASH evolves, new commands are introduced, and old ones may wither away. Also, many system vendors ship variant versions of BASH, and there are variant versions of BASH in GNU/Linux distributions as well. The version number is the same as the one announced when you start BASH.

show copying
Display information about permission for copying BASH.
show linetrace
Show if line tracing is enabled. See also Show position information as statements are executed (‘set linetrace’).
show logging
Show summary information of logging variables which can be set via

set logging

. See also Logging output (‘set logging’, ‘set logging file’…).

show logging file
Show the current logging file.
show logging overwrite
Show whether logging overwrites or appends to the log file.

show warranty
Display the GNU “NO WARRANTY” statement, or a warranty, if your version of the BASH debugger comes with one.

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4.14 Controlling bashdb (‘set’, ‘file’, ‘prompt’, ‘history’…)

You can alter the way BASH interacts with you in various ways given below.


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4.14.1 Debugger Command Aliases (‘alias’)

alias name command
Add name as an alias for command

Remove name as an alias for command

unalias name command

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4.14.2 Annotation Level (‘set annotate’)

set annotate integer
The annotation level controls how much information the BASH debugger prints in its prompt; right new it just controls whether we show full filenames in output or the base part of the filename without path information. Level 0 is the normal, level 1 is for use when the BASH debugger is run as a subprocess of GNU Emacs of DDD, level 2 is the maximum annotation suitable for programs that control the BASH debugger.

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4.14.3 Set/Show auto-eval (‘set autoeval’)

set autoeval [ on | 1 | off | 0 ]
Specify that debugger input that isn’t recognized as a command should be passed to Ruby for evaluation (using the current debugged program namespace). Note however that we first check input to see if it is a debugger command and only if it is not do we consider it as Ruby code. This means for example that if you have variable called

n

and you want to see its value, you could use

p n

, because just entering

n

will be interpreted as the debugger “next” command.

When autoeval is set on, you’ll get a different error message when you invalid commands are encountered. Here’s a session fragment to show the difference

bashdb<1> stepp
Unknown command
bashdb<2> set autoeval on
autoeval is on.
bashdb<3> stepp
NameError Exception: undefined local variable or method `stepp' for ...

show args
Shows whether Ruby evaluation of debugger input should occur or not.

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4.14.4 Set/Show listing on stop (‘set autolist’)

set autolist [ on | 1 | off | 0 ]
When set runs a “list” command on each stop in the debugger.

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4.14.5 File basename (‘set basename’)

set basename [ on | 1 ]
When set on, source filenames are shown as the shorter “basename” only. (Directory paths are omitted). This is useful in running the regression tests and may useful in showing debugger examples as in this text. You may also just want less verbose filename display.
set basename [ off | 0 ]
Source filenames are shown as with their full path. This is the default.

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4.14.6 Allow Debugging the debugger (‘set debugger’)

set debugger [ on | 1 ]
Allow the possibility of debugging this debugger. Somewhat of an arcane thing to do. For gurus, and even he doesn’t use it all that much.
set debugger [ off | 0 ]
Don’t allow debugging into the debugger. This is the default.

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4.14.7 Specifying a Script-File Association (‘file’)

Sometimes the BASH debugger gets confused about where to find the script source file for the name reported to it by bash. To resolve relative file names that bash supplies via

BASH_SOURCE

, the BASH debugger uses the current working directory when the debugged script was started as well as the current working directory now (which might be different if a “cd” command was issued to change the working directory).

However sometimes this doesn’t work and there is a way to override this.

file script-file
Directs the BASH debugger to use script-file whenever bash would have it refers to the filename given in

BASH_SOURCE

. The filename specified in

BASH_SOURCE

that gets overridden is shown when is this command is issued.


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4.14.8 Show position information as statements are executed (‘set linetrace’)

BASH has “

set -x

” tracing to show commands as they are run. However missing from this is file and line position information. So the debugger compensates here for what I think is deficiency of BASH by providing this information. The downside is that this tracing is slower than the built-in tracing of BASH.

The status of whether line tracing is enabled can be show via

show linetrace

.

set linetrace [ on | 1 ]
Turn on line tracing.
set linetrace [ off | 0 ]
Turn off line tracing.

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4.14.9 Logging output (‘set logging’, ‘set logging file’…)

You may want to save the output of the debugger commands to a file. There are several commands to control the debuggers’s logging.

set logging
Prints

set logging

usage.

set logging [ on | 1 ]
Enable or Disable logging.
set logging file filename
Change the name of the current logfile. The default logfile is ‘bashdb.txt’.
set logging overwrite [ on | 1 ]
By default, the debugger will append to the logfile. Set

overwrite

if you want

set logging on

to overwrite the logfile instead.

set logging redirect [ on | 1 ]
By default, the debugger output will go to both the terminal and the logfile. Set

redirect

if you want output to go only to the log file.

show logging
Show the current values of the logging settings.

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4.14.10 Prompt (‘set prompt’, ‘show prompt’)

The BASH debugger indicates its readiness to read a command by printing a string called the prompt. This string is normally:

bashdb${_Dbg_less}${#_Dbg_history[@]}${_Dbg_greater}$_Dbg_space

When variables inside the the prompt string are evaluated, the above becomes something like ‘bashdb<5>’ if this is the fifth command executed or perhaps ‘bashdb<<2>>’ if you have called the debugger from inside a debugger session and this is the second command inside the debugger session or perhaps ‘bashdb<(6)>’ if you entered a subshell after the fifth command.

You can change the prompt string with the

set prompt

command, although it is not normally advisable to do so without understanding the implications. If you are using the DDD GUI, it changes the changes the prompt and should not do so. In certain other circumstances (such as writing a GUI like DDD), it may be is useful to change the prompt.

Note:

set prompt

does not add a space for you after the prompt you set. This allows you to set a prompt which ends in a space or a prompt that does not. Furthermore due to a implementation limitation (resulting from a limitation of the bash built-in function “read”), to put a space at the end of the prompt use the ‘$_Dbg_space’ variable.

set prompt newprompt
Directs the BASH debugger to use newprompt as its prompt string henceforth.

Warning: changing the prompt can DDD’s ability to understand when the debugger is waiting for input.

show prompt
Prints a line of the form: ‘bashdb’s prompt is: your-prompt

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4.14.11 Command editing (‘set editing’, ‘show editing’)

the BASH debugger reads its input commands through bash which uses via the readline interface. This GNU library provides consistent behavior for programs which provide a command line interface to the user. Advantages are GNU Emacs-style or vi-style inline editing of commands,

csh

-like history substitution, and a storage and recall of command history across debugging sessions.

You may control the behavior of command line editing in BASH with the command

set

.

set editing
set editing [ on | 1 ]
Enable command line editing (enabled by default).
set editing [ off | 0 ]
Disable command line editing.

show editing
Show whether command line editing is enabled.

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4.14.12 Debugger Commands Tracing (‘set trace-commands’, ‘show trace-commands’)

If you need to debug user-defined commands or sourced files you may find it useful to enable command tracing. In this mode each command will be printed as it is executed, prefixed with one or more ‘+’ symbols, the quantity denoting the call depth of each command.

set trace-commands on
Enable command tracing.
set trace-commands off
Disable command tracing.
show trace-commands
Display the current state of command tracing.

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4.14.13 Command Display (‘set showcommand’)

The debugger normally lists the line number and source line of the for the statement to be next executed. Often this line contains one expression or one statement and it is clear from this line what’s going to happen. However BASH allows many expressions or statements to be put on a single source line; some lines contain several units of execution. Some examples of this behavior are listed below:

x=1; y=2; x=3
(( x > 5 )) && x=5
y=`echo *`

In the first line of the example above, we have three assignment statements on a single line. In the second line of the example above we have a statement which gets run only if a condition tests true. And in the third line of the example above, we have a command that gets run and then the output of that is substituted in an assignment statement. If you were single stepping inside the debugger, each line might get listed more than once before each of the actions that might get performed. (In the case of the conditional statement, the line gets listed only once when the condition is false.)

In order to assist understanding where you are, the enhanced version of BASH maintains a dynamic variable

BASH_COMMAND

that contains piece of code next to be run (or is currently being run). The debugger has arranged to save this and can display this information or not. This is controlled by

set showcommand

.

set showcommand [auto | on | 1 | off | 0 ]
controls whether or not to show the saved

BASH_COMMAND

for the command next to be executed.

When the value is

auto

the following heuristic is used to determine whether or not to display the saved

BASH_COMMAND

. If the last time you stopped you were at the same place and the command string has changed, then show the command. When the value

on

is used, the debugger always shows

BASH_COMMAND

and when

off

is used, the debugger never shows

BASH_COMMAND

. Note that listing the text of the source line is independent of whether or not the command is also listed.

Some examples:

set showcommand auto      This is the default
set showcommand on        Always show the next command to be executed
set showcommand off       Never show the next command to be executed

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4.14.14 Command history (‘H’, ‘history’, ‘!’)

The BASH debugger can keep track of the commands you type during your debugging sessions, so that you can be certain of precisely what happened. If the prompt has not been changed (see Prompt), the history number that will be in use next is by default listed in the debugger prompt. Invalid commands and history commands are not saved on the history stack.

H [start-number [end-number]]
H [-count]
![-]n:p
You can list what is in the history stack with

H

. Debugger commands in the history stack are listed from most recent to least recent. If no start-number is given we start with the most recently executed command and end with the first entry in the history stack. If start-number is given, that history number is listed first. If end-number is given, that history number is listed last. If a single negative number is given list that many history commands.

An alternate form is

!n:p

or

!-n:p

where n is an integer. If a minus sign is used, n is taken as the count to go back from the end rather than as a absolute history number. In contrast

H

, this form only prints a single history item.

Some examples:

H      List entire history
H -2   List the last two history items
!-2:p  List a single history item starting at the same place as above
H 5    List history from history number 5 to the beginning (number 0)
H 5 0  Same as above
H 5 3  List history from history number 5 down to history number 3
!5:p   List a single history item 5

history [[-]n]
![-]n
Use this command to reexecute a given history number. If no number is given, the last debugger command in the history is executed.

An alternate form is

!n

or

!-n

where n is an integer.

If a minus sign is used in in either form, n is taken as the count to go back from the end rather than as a absolute history number.

Use these commands to manage the the BASH debugger command history facility.

set history save
set history save [ on | 1 ]
Record command history in a file, whose name may be specified with the

set history filename

command. By default, this option is enabled.

set history save [ off | 0 ]
Stop recording command history in a file.

set history size size
Set the number of commands which BASH keeps in its history list. This defaults to the value of the environment variable

HISTSIZE

, or to 256 if this variable is not set.

show history
show history save
show history size
These commands display the state of the BASH history parameters.

show history

by itself displays all states.

show commands
Display the last ten commands in the command history.
show commands n
Print ten commands centered on command number n.
show commands +
Print ten commands just after the commands last printed.

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4.14.15 Command Completion (‘complete’)

The

complete args

command lists all the possible completions for the beginning of a command. We can also show completions for

set

,

show

and

info

subcommands. Use args to specify the beginning of the command you want completed. For example:

complete d

results in:

d
debug
delete
disable
display
deleteall
down

And

complete set a

results in:

set args
set annotate

This is intended for use by front-ends such as GNU Emacs and DDD.


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5. Reporting Bugs

Your bug reports play an essential role in making the BASH debugger reliable.

Reporting a bug may help you by bringing a solution to your problem, or it may not. But in any case the principal function of a bug report is to help the entire community by making the next version of the BASH debugger work better. Bug reports are your contribution to the maintenance of the BASH debugger.

In order for a bug report to serve its purpose, you must include the information that enables us to fix the bug.


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5.1 Have you found a bug?

If you are not sure whether you have found a bug, here are some guidelines:

  • If the debugger gets a fatal signal, for any input whatever, that is a the BASH debugger bug. Reliable debuggers never crash.
  • If the BASH debugger produces an error message for valid input, that is a bug. (Note that if you’re cross debugging, the problem may also be somewhere in the connection to the target.)
  • If the BASH debugger does not produce an error message for invalid input, that is a bug. However, you should note that your idea of “invalid input” might be our idea of “an extension” or “support for traditional practice”.
  • If you are an experienced user of debugging tools, your suggestions for improvement of the BASH debugger are welcome in any case.

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5.2 How to report bugs

Bug reports can sent via the sourceforge bug tracking mechanism at http://sourceforge.net/tracker/?group_id=61395&atid=497159. Of course patches are very much welcome too. Those can also be sent via the same mechanism.

The fundamental principle of reporting bugs usefully is this: report all the facts. If you are not sure whether to state a fact or leave it out, state it!

Often people omit facts because they think they know what causes the problem and assume that some details do not matter. Thus, you might assume that the name of the variable you use in an example does not matter. Well, probably it does not, but one cannot be sure. Perhaps the bug is a stray memory reference which happens to fetch from the location where that name is stored in memory; perhaps, if the name were different, the contents of that location would fool the debugger into doing the right thing despite the bug. Play it safe and give a specific, complete example. That is the easiest thing for you to do, and the most helpful.

Keep in mind that the purpose of a bug report is to enable us to fix the bug. It may be that the bug has been reported previously, but neither you nor we can know that unless your bug report is complete and self-contained.

Sometimes people give a few sketchy facts and ask, “Does this ring a bell?” Those bug reports are useless, and we urge everyone to refuse to respond to them except to chide the sender to report bugs properly.

To enable us to fix the bug, you should include all these things:

  • The version of the BASH debugger. the BASH debugger announces it if you start with no arguments; you can also print it at any time using
    version

    command.Without this, we will not know whether there is any point in looking for the bug in the current version of the BASH debugger.

  • The type of machine you are using, and the operating system name and version number.
  • What compiler (and its version) was used to compile BASH—e.g. “gcc 3.4”.
  • The command arguments you gave the compiler to compile your example and observe the bug. For example, did you use ‘-O’? To guarantee you will not omit something important, list them all. A copy of the Makefile (or the output from make) is sufficient.If we were to try to guess the arguments, we would probably guess wrong and then we might not encounter the bug.
  • A complete input script, and all necessary source files, that will reproduce the bug.
  • A description of what behavior you observe that you believe is incorrect. For example, “It gets a fatal signal.”Of course, if the bug is that the BASH debugger gets a fatal signal, then we will certainly notice it. But if the bug is incorrect output, we might not notice unless it is glaringly wrong. You might as well not give us a chance to make a mistake.Even if the problem you experience is a fatal signal, you should still say so explicitly. Suppose something strange is going on, such as, your copy of the BASH debugger is out of synch, or you have encountered a bug in the C library on your system. (This has happened!) Your copy might crash and ours would not. If you told us to expect a crash, then when ours fails to crash, we would know that the bug was not happening for us. If you had not told us to expect a crash, then we would not be able to draw any conclusion from our observations.
  • If you wish to suggest changes to the the BASH debugger source, send us context diffs. If you even discuss something in the the BASH debugger source, refer to it by context, not by line number.The line numbers in our development sources will not match those in your sources. Your line numbers would convey no useful information to us.

Here are some things that are not necessary:

  • A description of the envelope of the bug.Often people who encounter a bug spend a lot of time investigating which changes to the input file will make the bug go away and which changes will not affect it.This is often time consuming and not very useful, because the way we will find the bug is by running a single example under the debugger with breakpoints, not by pure deduction from a series of examples. We recommend that you save your time for something else.Of course, if you can find a simpler example to report instead of the original one, that is a convenience for us. Errors in the output will be easier to spot, running under the debugger will take less time, and so on.However, simplification is not vital; if you do not want to do this, report the bug anyway and send us the entire test case you used.
  • A patch for the bug.A patch for the bug does help us if it is a good one. But do not omit the necessary information, such as the test case, on the assumption that a patch is all we need. We might see problems with your patch and decide to fix the problem another way, or we might not understand it at all.Sometimes with a program as complicated as the BASH debugger it is very hard to construct an example that will make the program follow a certain path through the code. If you do not send us the example, we will not be able to construct one, so we will not be able to verify that the bug is fixed.And if we cannot understand what bug you are trying to fix, or why your patch should be an improvement, we will not install it. A test case will help us to understand.
  • A guess about what the bug is or what it depends on.Such guesses are usually wrong. Even we cannot guess right about such things without first using the debugger to find the facts.

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6. History and Acknowledgments

The suggestion for a debugger for a Bourne-like shell came from the book “Learning the Korn Shell”, by Bill Rosenblatt Copyright (C) 1993 by O’Reilly and Associates, Inc. Others such as Cigy Cyriac, Chet Ramey, Rocky Bernstein, and Gary V. Vaughan expanded and improved on that.

However Bourne-Shell debuggers rely on a signal mechanism (

SIGDEBUG

) to call a debugger routine. In the Korn shell as well as BASH in versions prior to 2.05, there was a fundamental flaw: the routine that you registered in the trap, got called after the statement was executed. It takes little imagination to realize that this is a bit too late to find and correct errors, especially if the offending command happens to do serious damage like remove filesystems or reboot a server. As a horrible hack, these debuggers added one to the line number that was just executed on the wishful thinking that this would then be the line of next statement to execute. Sometimes this was correct, but it was too often wrong, such as in loops and conditionals, comments, or commands that are continued on the next line.

Another failing of these debuggers was the inability to debug into functions or into sourced files, provide a stack trace, dynamically skip a statement to be run, unconditionally trace into a function or subshell, or stop when a subroutine, sourced file, or subshell completed. In truth, the crux of the problem lay in debugging support in BASH. Given that there was limited bash debugging support, it is not surprising that these debuggers could not do any of the things listed above and could debug only a single shell in a single source file: lines could be listed only from a single text, breakpoints were set into the text which was in fact a copy of the script name prepended with debugger routines.

In version 2.04 of BASH, Rocky Bernstein started hacking on BASH to add call-stack information, source file information, allow for debugging into functions and for reporting line numbers in functions as relative to the file rather than the beginning of a function whose origin line number was not accessible from BASH. He started changing the user commands in bashdb to be like other more-advanced debuggers, in particular

perl5db

and

gdb

. However he gave up on this project when realizing that stopping before a line was crucial. A patch for this was nontrivial and wildly changed semantics. Furthermore the chance of getting his other patches into BASH was was not going to happen in version 2.04.

In version 2.05, the fundamental necessary change to the semantics of

SIGDEBUG

trap handling (suggested at least two years earlier) was made. Also, version 2.05 changed the line-number reporting in a function to be relative to the beginning of the file rather than the beginning of a function—sometimes. Rocky then picked up where he left off and this then became this debugger. A complete rewrite of the debugger, some of which started in 2.04 was undertaken. Debugger internals were changed to support multiple file names, save and restore the calling environment (such as variables

$1

and

$?

) and install debugger signal handlers. Work was also done on the BASH in conjunction with the debugger to save stack trace information, provide a means for stopping after a routine finished, debugging into a subshell and so on. And a number of changes were made to BASH just to improve the accuracy of the line number reporting which is crucial in a debugger.

This documentation was modified from the GNU Debugger (GDB) Reference manual.

Additions to this section are particularly welcome. If you or your friends (or enemies, to be evenhanded) have been unfairly omitted from this list, we would like to add your names!

The following have contributed directly or indirectly to bashdb:

Rocky Bernstein (initial full-featured bashdb with stack tracing and multi-file support)

Masatake YAMATO (help to merge Rocky’s hack to the official bash source tree)

Rod Smith (for creating and hosting a nicely formatted version of this manual that you are probably reading online)

Bill Rosenblatt (kshdb), Michael Loukides (kshdb), Cigy Cyriac (proto bashdb), Chet Ramey (proto bashdb), and Gary V. Vaughan (proto bashdb).

Authors of per5ldb:

Ray Lischner, Johan Vromans, and Ilya Zakharevich.

Authors of GDB:

Richard Stallman, Andrew Cagney, Jim Blandy, Jason Molenda, Stan Shebs, Fred Fish, Stu Grossman, John Gilmore, Jim Kingdon, and Randy Smith (to name just a few).

Authors of GUD:

Eric S. Raymond.


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!
 

!! (shell)

 

4.11 Running Arbitrary BASH and Shell commands (‘eval’, ‘shell’)
 

![-]n (history)

 

4.14.14 Command history (‘H’, ‘history’, ‘!’)

#
 

# (a comment)

 

4.1 Command syntax

A
 

alias name command

 

4.14.1 Debugger Command Aliases (‘alias’)

B
 

b (break)

 

4.4.1.1 Setting breakpoints (‘break’ ‘tbreak’)
 

backtrace

 

4.5.2 Backtraces (‘where’)
 

break

 

4.4.1.1 Setting breakpoints (‘break’ ‘tbreak’)
 

bt (backtrace)

 

4.5.2 Backtraces (‘where’)

C
 

c (continue)

 

4.4.2.5 Continue (‘continue’)
 

cd [directory]

 

4.12 Interfacing to the OS (‘cd’, ‘pwd’)
 

clear

 

4.4.1.4 Deleting breakpoints (‘clear’, ‘delete’)
 

commands

 

4.4.1.3 Breakpoint command lists (‘commands’)
 

condition

 

4.4.1.6 Break conditions (‘condition’)
 

continue

 

4.4.2.5 Continue (‘continue’)

D
 

d (clear)

 

4.4.1.4 Deleting breakpoints (‘clear’, ‘delete’)
 

de (delete)

 

4.4.1.4 Deleting breakpoints (‘clear’, ‘delete’)
 

debug

 

4.4.2.6 Debug (‘debug’)
 

delete

 

4.4.1.4 Deleting breakpoints (‘clear’, ‘delete’)
 

delete display

 

4.10 Automatic display (‘display’, ‘undisplay’)
 

dis (disable)

 

4.4.1.5 Disabling breakpoints (‘disable’, ‘enable’)
 

disable

 

4.4.1.5 Disabling breakpoints (‘disable’, ‘enable’)
 

disable breakpoints

 

4.4.1.5 Disabling breakpoints (‘disable’, ‘enable’)
 

disable display

 

4.10 Automatic display (‘display’, ‘undisplay’)
 

display

 

4.10 Automatic display (‘display’, ‘undisplay’)
 

do (down)

 

4.5.3 Selecting a frame (‘up’, ‘down’, ‘frame’)
 

down

 

4.5.3 Selecting a frame (‘up’, ‘down’, ‘frame’)

E
 

e (eval)

 

4.11 Running Arbitrary BASH and Shell commands (‘eval’, ‘shell’)
 

edit [line-specification]

 

4.7 Editing Source files (‘edit’)
 

enable

 

4.4.1.5 Disabling breakpoints (‘disable’, ‘enable’)
 

enable breakpoints

 

4.4.1.5 Disabling breakpoints (‘disable’, ‘enable’)
 

enable display

 

4.10 Automatic display (‘display’, ‘undisplay’)
 

end

 

4.4.1.3 Breakpoint command lists (‘commands’)
 

eval

 

4.11 Running Arbitrary BASH and Shell commands (‘eval’, ‘shell’)
 

examine

 

4.9 Examining Data (‘print’, ‘examine’, ‘info variables’)

F
 

file

 

4.14.7 Specifying a Script-File Association (‘file’)
 

finish

 

4.4.2.3 Finish (‘finish’)
 

forward

 

4.8 Searching source files (‘search’, ‘reverse’, ‘/…/’, ‘?..?’)
 

frame

 

4.5.3 Selecting a frame (‘up’, ‘down’, ‘frame’)

H
 

h (help)

 

4.2 Getting help (‘help’)
 

H [start-number [end-number]]

 

4.14.14 Command history (‘H’, ‘history’, ‘!’)
 

handle

 

4.4.3.1 Intercepting Signals (‘handle’, ‘info handle’)
 

history [-][n]

 

4.14.14 Command history (‘H’, ‘history’, ‘!’)

I
 

i (info)

 

4.2 Getting help (‘help’)
 

info

 

4.2 Getting help (‘help’)
 

info args

 

4.13.1 Showing information about the program being debugged (‘info’)
 

info breakpoints

 

4.4.1.1 Setting breakpoints (‘break’ ‘tbreak’)
 

info breakpoints

 

4.13.1 Showing information about the program being debugged (‘info’)
 

info display

 

4.10 Automatic display (‘display’, ‘undisplay’)
 

info display

 

4.13.1 Showing information about the program being debugged (‘info’)
 

info files

 

4.13.1 Showing information about the program being debugged (‘info’)
 

info functions

 

4.13.1 Showing information about the program being debugged (‘info’)
 

info line

 

4.13.1 Showing information about the program being debugged (‘info’)
 

info program

 

4.13.1 Showing information about the program being debugged (‘info’)
 

info signals

 

4.4.3.1 Intercepting Signals (‘handle’, ‘info handle’)
 

info signals

 

4.13.1 Showing information about the program being debugged (‘info’)
 

info source

 

4.13.1 Showing information about the program being debugged (‘info’)
 

info stack

 

4.13.1 Showing information about the program being debugged (‘info’)
 

info terminal

 

3.4 Your script’s input and output
 

info terminal

 

4.13.1 Showing information about the program being debugged (‘info’)
 

info variables

 

4.9 Examining Data (‘print’, ‘examine’, ‘info variables’)
 

info variables

 

4.13.1 Showing information about the program being debugged (‘info’)

K
 

k (kill)

 

4.3 Quitting the BASH debugger (‘quit’, ‘kill’)

L
 

l (list)

 

4.6 Examining Source Files (‘list’)
 

list

 

4.6 Examining Source Files (‘list’)

N
 

n (next)

 

4.4.2.2 Next (‘next’)
 

next

 

4.4.2.2 Next (‘next’)

P
 

p (print)

 

4.9 Examining Data (‘print’, ‘examine’, ‘info variables’)
 

print

 

4.9 Examining Data (‘print’, ‘examine’, ‘info variables’)
 

print

 

4.9 Examining Data (‘print’, ‘examine’, ‘info variables’)
 

pwd

 

4.12 Interfacing to the OS (‘cd’, ‘pwd’)

Q
 

q (quit)

 

4.3 Quitting the BASH debugger (‘quit’, ‘kill’)
 

quit [expression [subshell-levels]]

 

4.3 Quitting the BASH debugger (‘quit’, ‘kill’)

R
 

R (restart)

 

3.1 Starting your script
 

restart [args]

 

3.1 Starting your script
 

RET (repeat last command)

 

4.1 Command syntax
 

return

 

4.4.2.7 Returning from a function, sourced file, or subshell (‘return’)
 

reverse-search

 

4.8 Searching source files (‘search’, ‘reverse’, ‘/…/’, ‘?..?’)
 

run (restart)

 

3.1 Starting your script

S
 

s (step)

 

4.4.2.1 Step (‘step’)
 

search

 

4.8 Searching source files (‘search’, ‘reverse’, ‘/…/’, ‘?..?’)
 

set annotate

 

4.14.2 Annotation Level (‘set annotate’)
 

set args

 

3.3 Your script’s arguments
 

set autoeval [ on | 1 | off | 0 ]

 

4.14.3 Set/Show auto-eval (‘set autoeval’)
 

set autolist [ on | 1 | off | 0 ]

 

4.14.4 Set/Show listing on stop (‘set autolist’)
 

set basename

 

4.14.5 File basename (‘set basename’)
 

set debugger

 

4.14.6 Allow Debugging the debugger (‘set debugger’)
 

set editing

 

4.14.11 Command editing (‘set editing’, ‘show editing’)
 

set history save

 

4.14.14 Command history (‘H’, ‘history’, ‘!’)
 

set history size

 

4.14.14 Command history (‘H’, ‘history’, ‘!’)
 

set linetrace

 

4.14.8 Show position information as statements are executed (‘set linetrace’)
 

set listsize

 

4.6 Examining Source Files (‘list’)
 

set logging

 

4.14.9 Logging output (‘set logging’, ‘set logging file’…)
 

set prompt

 

4.14.10 Prompt (‘set prompt’, ‘show prompt’)
 

set showcommand

 

4.14.13 Command Display (‘set showcommand’)
 

set trace-commands

 

4.14.12 Debugger Commands Tracing (‘set trace-commands’, ‘show trace-commands’)
 

shell (shell)

 

4.11 Running Arbitrary BASH and Shell commands (‘eval’, ‘shell’)
 

show args

 

3.3 Your script’s arguments
 

show autoeval

 

4.14.3 Set/Show auto-eval (‘set autoeval’)
 

show copying

 

4.13.2 Show information about the debugger (‘show’)
 

show editing

 

4.14.11 Command editing (‘set editing’, ‘show editing’)
 

show history

 

4.14.14 Command history (‘H’, ‘history’, ‘!’)
 

show listsize

 

4.6 Examining Source Files (‘list’)
 

show prompt

 

4.14.10 Prompt (‘set prompt’, ‘show prompt’)
 

show version

 

4.13.2 Show information about the debugger (‘show’)
 

show warranty

 

4.13.2 Show information about the debugger (‘show’)
 

shows

 

4.14.14 Command history (‘H’, ‘history’, ‘!’)
 

signal

 

4.4.3.2 Sending your program a signal (‘signal’)
 

silent

 

4.4.1.3 Breakpoint command lists (‘commands’)
 

skip

 

4.4.2.4 Skip (‘skip’)
 

source

 

3.2 Command files
 

step

 

4.4.2.1 Step (‘step’)

T
 

tbreak

 

4.4.1.1 Setting breakpoints (‘break’ ‘tbreak’)
 

tty

 

3.4 Your script’s input and output

U
 

unalias name command

 

4.14.1 Debugger Command Aliases (‘alias’)
 

undisplay dnums

 

4.10 Automatic display (‘display’, ‘undisplay’)
 

up [n]

 

4.5.3 Selecting a frame (‘up’, ‘down’, ‘frame’)

V
 

V (info variables)

 

4.9 Examining Data (‘print’, ‘examine’, ‘info variables’)

W
 

watch

 

4.4.1.2 Setting watchpoints (‘watch’, ‘watche’)
 

where

 

4.5.2 Backtraces (‘where’)

X
 

x (examine)

 

4.9 Examining Data (‘print’, ‘examine’, ‘info variables’)

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$
 

$PS4

 

1.2 Interactive Line Tracing Session
 

$_

and

info breakpoints

 

4.4.1.1 Setting breakpoints (‘break’ ‘tbreak’)

 

--annotate

 

2.1.3.1 Command-line options for bashdb script
 

--basename

 

2.1.3.1 Command-line options for bashdb script
 

--command

 

2.1.3.1 Command-line options for bashdb script
 

--eval-command

cmdfile

2.1.3.1 Command-line options for bashdb script
 

--help

 

2.1.3.1 Command-line options for bashdb script
 

--library

 

2.1.3.1 Command-line options for bashdb script
 

--no-init

 

2.1.3.1 Command-line options for bashdb script
 

--nx

 

2.1.3.1 Command-line options for bashdb script
 

--quiet

 

2.1.3.1 Command-line options for bashdb script
 

--tempdir

 

2.1.3.1 Command-line options for bashdb script
 

--terminal

 

2.1.3.1 Command-line options for bashdb script
 

--tty

 

2.1.3.1 Command-line options for bashdb script
 

-A

 

2.1.3.1 Command-line options for bashdb script
 

-B

 

2.1.3.1 Command-line options for bashdb script
 

-c

 

2.1.3.1 Command-line options for bashdb script
 

-h

 

2.1.3.1 Command-line options for bashdb script
 

-L

 

2.1.3.1 Command-line options for bashdb script
 

-n

 

2.1.3.1 Command-line options for bashdb script
 

-q

 

2.1.3.1 Command-line options for bashdb script
 

-t

 

2.1.3.1 Command-line options for bashdb script
 

-T

 

2.1.3.1 Command-line options for bashdb script
 

-V

 

2.1.3.1 Command-line options for bashdb script
 

-x

 

2.1.3.1 Command-line options for bashdb script

.
.bashdbinit 3.2 Command files

A
arguments (to your script) 3.3 Your script’s arguments
automatic display 4.10 Automatic display (‘display’, ‘undisplay’)

B
backtraces 4.5.2 Backtraces (‘where’)
BASH debugger bugs, reporting 5.2 How to report bugs
bashdb.ini 3.2 Command files
breakpoint conditions 4.4.1.6 Break conditions (‘condition’)
breakpoint numbers 4.4.1 Breakpoints, watchpoints (‘break’, ‘tbreak’, ‘watch’, ‘watche’…)
breakpoint on variable modification 4.4.1 Breakpoints, watchpoints (‘break’, ‘tbreak’, ‘watch’, ‘watche’…)
breakpoints 4.4.1 Breakpoints, watchpoints (‘break’, ‘tbreak’, ‘watch’, ‘watche’…)
bug criteria 5.1 Have you found a bug?
bug reports 5.2 How to report bugs
bugs 5. Reporting Bugs

C
call stack 4.5 Examining the Stack Frame (‘where’, ‘frame’, ‘up’, ‘down’)
change working directory 4.12 Interfacing to the OS (‘cd’, ‘pwd’)
clearing breakpoints, watchpoints 4.4.1.4 Deleting breakpoints (‘clear’, ‘delete’)
command files 3.2 Command files
command line editing 4.14.11 Command editing (‘set editing’, ‘show editing’)
command scripts, debugging 4.14.12 Debugger Commands Tracing (‘set trace-commands’, ‘show trace-commands’)
comment 4.1 Command syntax
conditional breakpoints 4.4.1.6 Break conditions (‘condition’)
continuing 4.4.2 Resuming Execution (‘step’, ‘next’, ‘finish’, ‘skip’, ‘continue’, ‘debug’, ‘return’)
controlling terminal 3.4 Your script’s input and output
crash of debugger 5.1 Have you found a bug?
current stack frame 4.5.3 Selecting a frame (‘up’, ‘down’, ‘frame’)

D
debugger crash 5.1 Have you found a bug?
delete breakpoints 4.4.1.4 Deleting breakpoints (‘clear’, ‘delete’)
deleting breakpoints, watchpoints 4.4.1.4 Deleting breakpoints (‘clear’, ‘delete’)
display of expressions 4.10 Automatic display (‘display’, ‘undisplay’)

E
editing 4.14.11 Command editing (‘set editing’, ‘show editing’)
error on valid input 5.1 Have you found a bug?
examining data 4.9 Examining Data (‘print’, ‘examine’, ‘info variables’)

F
fatal signal 5.1 Have you found a bug?
fatal signals 4.4.3 Signals (‘handle’, ‘info handle’, ‘signal’)
frame number 4.5.1 Stack frames
frame, definition 4.5.1 Stack frames

H
handling signals 4.4.3 Signals (‘handle’, ‘info handle’, ‘signal’)
history save 4.14.14 Command history (‘H’, ‘history’, ‘!’)
history size 4.14.14 Command history (‘H’, ‘history’, ‘!’)

I
I/O 3.4 Your script’s input and output
init file 3.2 Command files
init file name 3.2 Command files
initial frame 4.5.1 Stack frames
innermost frame 4.5.1 Stack frames
interrupt 2.2 Quitting the BASH debugger
invalid input 5.1 Have you found a bug?

L
latest breakpoint 4.4.1.1 Setting breakpoints (‘break’ ‘tbreak’)
linespec 4.6 Examining Source Files (‘list’)

N
nested shell 4.11 Running Arbitrary BASH and Shell commands (‘eval’, ‘shell’)
numbers for breakpoints 4.4.1 Breakpoints, watchpoints (‘break’, ‘tbreak’, ‘watch’, ‘watche’…)
numbers for watchpoints 4.4.1 Breakpoints, watchpoints (‘break’, ‘tbreak’, ‘watch’, ‘watche’…)

O
one-time breakpoints 4.4.1.6 Break conditions (‘condition’)
online documentation 4.2 Getting help (‘help’)
outermost frame 4.5.1 Stack frames

P
print working directory 4.12 Interfacing to the OS (‘cd’, ‘pwd’)
printing data 4.9 Examining Data (‘print’, ‘examine’, ‘info variables’)
prompt 4.14.10 Prompt (‘set prompt’, ‘show prompt’)

R
readline 4.14.11 Command editing (‘set editing’, ‘show editing’)
redirection 3.4 Your script’s input and output
repeating next/step commands 4.1 Command syntax
reporting bugs 5. Reporting Bugs
resuming execution 4.4.2 Resuming Execution (‘step’, ‘next’, ‘finish’, ‘skip’, ‘continue’, ‘debug’, ‘return’)
returning from a function, sourced file or subshell 4.4.2.7 Returning from a function, sourced file, or subshell (‘return’)
running 3.1 Starting your script

S
searching 4.8 Searching source files (‘search’, ‘reverse’, ‘/…/’, ‘?..?’)
selected frame 4.5 Examining the Stack Frame (‘where’, ‘frame’, ‘up’, ‘down’)
setting watchpoints 4.4.1.2 Setting watchpoints (‘watch’, ‘watche’)
shell escape 4.11 Running Arbitrary BASH and Shell commands (‘eval’, ‘shell’)
signals 4.4.3 Signals (‘handle’, ‘info handle’, ‘signal’)
stack frame 4.5.1 Stack frames
stack traces 4.5.2 Backtraces (‘where’)
starting 3.1 Starting your script
stepping 4.4.2 Resuming Execution (‘step’, ‘next’, ‘finish’, ‘skip’, ‘continue’, ‘debug’, ‘return’)

T
terminal 3.4 Your script’s input and output
tracebacks 4.5.2 Backtraces (‘where’)
tracing debugger commands 4.14.12 Debugger Commands Tracing (‘set trace-commands’, ‘show trace-commands’)

V
version number 4.13.2 Show information about the debugger (‘show’)

W
watchpoints 4.4.1 Breakpoints, watchpoints (‘break’, ‘tbreak’, ‘watch’, ‘watche’…)
watchpoints numbers 4.4.1 Breakpoints, watchpoints (‘break’, ‘tbreak’, ‘watch’, ‘watche’…)

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Footnotes

(1)

Recall that variables in BASH don’t need to be declared before they are referred to and that the default value would be the a null value which here prints as an empty string.

(2)

The DJGPP port of the BASH debugger uses the name ‘bashdb.ini’ instead, due to the limitations of file names imposed by DOS filesystems.

(3)

On DOS/Windows systems, the home directory is the one pointed to by the

HOME

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Thanks!

i just wanted to say: THANKS TO ALL INVOLVED!

bashdb is really a complex piece of software and it does its job.

Links:

https://github.com/realgud/realgud/wiki/bashdb-notes

https://dwaves.org/2019/04/10/step-debugging-bash-terminal-shell-scripts-with-bashdb/

 

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