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Daan De Meyer edited this page Jul 28, 2018 · 10 revisions

Make sure to build in debug mode by using -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Debug



Dump LSP requests/responses

--record=/tmp/cquery: You can find stdin/stdout (LSP requests/responses) in /tmp/cquery.{in,out}

Alternatively, enable logs and pass the --log-all-to-stderr option to the cquery executable (bin/cquery --log-file=/tmp/cq.log --log-all-to-stderr). You can find stderr output in:

  • LanguageClient-neovim: /tmp/LanguageServer.log (default)
  • Emacs lsp-mode: *lsp-cquery stderr* buffer. They will also go to *message* buffer if (setq lsp-print-io t)
  • VSCode: TODO

You can also use sysdig on Linux:

sudo sysdig -As999 --unbuffered -p '%evt.type %evt.buffer' "proc.exe contains cquery and fd.type=pipe" | egrep -v '^Content|^$'

Stopping at the start to debug early issues

To debug individual LSP requests, you can attach your debugger after cquery has done indexing. However, for many other issues, such as project file loading ( and C/C++ parsing and indexing, you need to set an early breakpoint to be able to trace the code.

It is recommended to use LanguageClient-neovim for debugging (even if you use Emacs or VSCode) because it can be started with simple shell command.

# vimrc
nn ,al :LanguageClientStart<cr>
rm -r /tmp/cquery && CQUERY_TRACEME=1 nvim +'normal ,al'

The Neovim buffer will hang there because CQUERY_TRACEME=1 causes the bin/cquery process to SIGTSTP itself. In another shell, gdb -p $(pgrep -fn bin/cquery)

Poor man's breakpoint

Insert an infinite loop volatile static int z=0;while(!z); somewhere and cquery will stop there. Attach to the cquery process with gdb -p $(pgrep -fn cquery). Set some breakpoints, use print commands, and execute p z=1 for continuing.

When setting breakpoints, if several threads may stop on the same breakpoint (e.g. concurrent indexer threads), execute set scheduler-locking on.

Using a debugger

Cache files are deleted to avoid possible issues related to stale cache. CQUERY_TRACEME=1 causes the cquery process to stop at the start of main(). You may attach to the process with:

  • gdb -p $(pgrep -fn cquery). Invoke signal SIGCONT if you want cquery to continue running after detaching of gdb.
  • lldb -p $(pgrep -fn cquery). Invoke pro sig SIGCONT when the process resumes (with a c command) if you want cquery to continue running after detaching.

libclang or indexer callback issues

export LIBCLANG_DISABLE_CRASH_RECOVERY=1 disables libclang crash recovery. In case of libclang or indexer callback issues, you will not see libclang: crash detected in the log file but get a process crash. And if you attach a debugger before it crashes, you can get the stack trace.


Diagnose whether requests are handled correctly

Set breakpoints in src/messages/* files. They are inbound message handlers.

Run tests

./build/cquery --test-unit --test-index

Extension Development / In-Editor Testing

VSCode has Reload Window command which makes it pretty quick to restart cquery.

The preference "cquery.launch.autoRestart": false will prevent cquery binary from automatically restarting if it crashes.

Common issues

Crashing in Reflect when parsing JSON

Issues: #247 and #185.

Problem: the LSP client is not strictly conforming to the spec e.g. passing null instead of do-no-exist for optional objects, making cquery crash.

Solution: report this to the corresponding LSP client.

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