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Single-Stepping a Plugin in gdb

The first step is to compile your plugin with symbols retained and optimization turned off. For plugin distributions using configure, it should work to type

configure "CFLAGS=-g -O0 -DDEBUG"
(Note that `-O0' is a hyphen followed by the letter 'O', followed by the number zero.) This works for the example programs such as trivial_synth.c in the DSSI example code repository. By default, ghostess is compiled with -g -O2, which is fine for the host.7

In order for your host program to find your plugin in the current working directory where it is compiled, the DSSI_PATH environment variable needs to be set up containing that directory first in the search path. Since I use tcsh as my shell, my ~/.tcshrc file contains the line

setenv MODULENAME "${HOME}/projects/dssi/modulename"
setenv DSSI_PATH \
Users of the bash shell may add something like the following in their ~/.bashrc file:
Note that ghostess requires all DSSI_PATH elements to begin with /, so you must provide a full absolute path to your working directory. Of course, if you have root privileges on your computer, you can simply type make install each time you change your plugin, and the host program will find your .so file in /usr/local/lib/dssi by following the default DSSI search path.

The debugging cycle tends to go like this:

To streamline the startup, I use a .gdbinit file like the following:
echo dir /l/dssi/ghostess-20050916/src/ \n
     dir /l/dssi/ghostess-20050916/src/
echo set args -debug -1 ./ \n
     set args -debug -1 ./
(I maintain a large set of convenient symbolic links in the directory /l on my system.) I also have a symbolic link g -> /l/u/dssi/.../src/ghostess in the module source directory, so in emacs I can simply say
M-x gdb <Enter>
gdb g <Enter>
to get started.

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