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0. INTRODUCTION This is a port and cleanup of my bash debugger bashdb (http://bashdb.sf.net). The command syntax generally follows that of the GNU debugger gdb. However this debugger depends on a number of bug fixes and of debugging support features that are neither part of the POSIX 1003.1 standard and are not in current "stable" zsh releases. In particular, the "functrace" function should always report filenames and absolute line numbers. Also both "functrace" and "funcstack" should include source'd files in their arrays. 1. SETUP To get the code, install git and run in a zsh shell: git-clone git://github.com/rocky/zshdb.git cd zshdb ./autogen.sh # Add configure options. See ./configure --help If you've got a suitable zsh installed, then make && make test To try on a real program such as perhaps /etc/zsh/zshrc: ./zshdb /etc/zsh/zshrc # substitute .../zshrc with your favorite zsh script To modify source code to call the debugger inside the program: source path-to-zshdb/zshdb/dbg-trace.sh # work, work, work. _Dbg_debugger # start debugging here Above, the directory _path-to_zshdb_ should be replaced with the directory that dbg-trace.sh is located in. This can also be from the source code directory zshdb or from the directory dbg-trac.sh gets installed directory. The "source" command needs to be done only once somewhere in the code prior to using _Dbg_debugger. If you are happy and "make test" above worked, install via: sudo make install and uninstall with sudo make uninstall # ;-) See INSTALL for generic configure installation instructions. 2. WHAT'S HERE, WHAT'S NOT and WHY NOT What's missing falls into two categories: * Stuff that can be ported in a straightforward way from bashdb * Stuff that needs additional zsh support Of the things which can be ported in a straight-forward way, however some of them I want to revise and simplify. In some cases, the fact that zsh has associative arrays simplifies code. On other cases, the code I wrote needs refactoring and better modularization. Writing documentation is important, but an extensive guide will have to wait. For now one can consult the reference guide that comes with bashdb: http://bashdb.sf.net/bashdb.html There is some minimal help to get a list of commands and some help for each. 3. WHAT'S NOT HERE YET IN DETAIL 3.a) Showing frame arguments This can be done with or without support from zsh, albeit faster with help from zsh. Changing scope when changing frames however has to be done with zsh support. 3.b) Setting $0 3.c) other stuff including... signal handling, debugger commands: debug file handle history pwd signal tty watch None of this is rocket science. Should be pretty straight-forward to add. 4. WHAT MAY NEED MORE WORK AND SUPPORT FROM ZSH 4.a) stopping points that can be used for breakpoint