ClangQL: query C++ codebases using SQLite and clangd
What is it?
How does it work?
It employs SQLite's virtual table system to act as an intermediary between SQLite and clangd's gRPC interface
How do I use it?
Once the module has been built, you can load it in the sqlite3 CLI via the usual
Afterwards, you can connect to a codebase by instantiating the various virtual tables:
sqlite> CREATE VIRTUAL TABLE llvm_symbols USING clangql (symbols, clangd-index.llvm.org:5900); sqlite> CREATE VIRTUAL TABLE llvm_base_of USING clangql (base_of, clangd-index.llvm.org:5900); sqlite> CREATE VIRTUAL TABLE llvm_overridden_by USING clangql (overridden_by, clangd-index.llvm.org:5900); sqlite> CREATE VIRTUAL TABLE llvm_refs USING clangql (refs, clangd-index.llvm.org:5900);
You can then query the codebase as if it was a regular table (some caveats apply, read the last point to learn more):
sqlite> SELECT Name, Scope, DefPath FROM llvm_symbols WHERE Name = "Foo" Name Scope DefPath ---- ------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------- Foo clang::clangd:: clang-tools-extra/clangd/unittests/LSPBinderTests.cpp Foo STLExtras_MoveRange_Test::TestBody()::Foo:: llvm/unittests/ADT/STLExtrasTest.cpp Foo STLExtras_MoveRange_Test::TestBody()::Foo:: llvm/unittests/ADT/STLExtrasTest.cpp Foo SizelessTypeTester:: clang/unittests/AST/SizelessTypesTest.cpp Foo llvm/unittests/ADT/TypeTraitsTest.cpp Foo llvm/unittests/ADT/STLExtrasTest.cpp Foo Class:: lldb/unittests/Utility/ReproducerInstrumentationTest.cpp Foo llvm::orc::CoreAPIsBasedStandardTest:: llvm/unittests/ExecutionEngine/Orc/OrcTestCommon.h Foo llvm::TrailingObjects:: llvm/include/llvm/Support/TrailingObjects.h Foo llvm/unittests/Support/BinaryStreamTest.cpp Foo STLExtras_MoveRange_Test::TestBody()::Foo:: llvm/unittests/ADT/STLExtrasTest.cpp Foo llvm/unittests/Support/BinaryStreamTest.cpp Foo clang:: clang/unittests/AST/ASTTypeTraitsTest.cpp Foo lldb/unittests/Utility/ReproducerInstrumentationTest.cpp
As another example, searching all the subclasses of a particular class:
sqlite> SELECT subclass.Name, subclass.Scope, subclass.DefPath FROM llvm_symbols AS superclass INNER JOIN llvm_base_of AS rel ON rel.Subject = superclass.Id INNER JOIN llvm_symbols AS subclass ON subclass.Id = rel.Object WHERE superclass.Name = "MCAsmInfo"; Name Scope DefPath ----------------- ------ --------------------------------------------------- NVPTXMCAsmInfo llvm:: llvm/lib/Target/NVPTX/MCTargetDesc/NVPTXMCAsmInfo.h MCAsmInfoWasm llvm:: llvm/include/llvm/MC/MCAsmInfoWasm.h BPFMCAsmInfo llvm:: llvm/lib/Target/BPF/MCTargetDesc/BPFMCAsmInfo.h MockedUpMCAsmInfo llvm/unittests/MC/SystemZ/SystemZAsmLexerTest.cpp AVRMCAsmInfo llvm:: llvm/lib/Target/AVR/MCTargetDesc/AVRMCAsmInfo.h MCAsmInfoXCOFF llvm:: llvm/include/llvm/MC/MCAsmInfoXCOFF.h MCAsmInfoDarwin llvm:: llvm/include/llvm/MC/MCAsmInfoDarwin.h HackMCAsmInfo llvm/unittests/CodeGen/TestAsmPrinter.cpp MCAsmInfoELF llvm:: llvm/include/llvm/MC/MCAsmInfoELF.h MCAsmInfoCOFF llvm:: llvm/include/llvm/MC/MCAsmInfoCOFF.h
Searching for all declarations inside of the
sqlite> SELECT decl.Name FROM llvm_symbols AS decl INNER JOIN llvm_refs AS ref ON ref.SymbolId = decl.Id WHERE decl.Scope = "std::" AND ref.Declaration = 1; Name --------------------- align_val_t __unexpected is_execution_policy __terminate is_execution_policy_v
In general, for each codebase four different virtual tables can be queried: a
symbols table will contain information about every symbol in the codebase, a
base_of table will contain information about what symbols are base classes of what symbols, a
overridden_by table will contain information about what symbols are overridden by what symbols, and a
refs table will contain information about symbol references.
The syntax for instantiating the tables is the following:
CREATE VIRTUAL TABLE my_symbols USING clangql (symbols, host:port); CREATE VIRTUAL TABLE my_base_of USING clangql (base_of, host:port); CREATE VIRTUAL TABLE my_overridden_by USING clangql (overridden_by, host:port); CREATE VIRTUAL TABLE my_refs USING clangql (refs, host:port);
my_* names are not important and can be anything, the first parameter to the creation of the virtual tables is important and must be left as-is, the second parameter is the connection string. Currently, only unencrypted gRPC connections are supported.
What's the schema?
The schema of
symbols tables is equivalent to the following:
CREATE TABLE vtable(Id TEXT, Name TEXT, Scope TEXT, Signature TEXT, Documentation TEXT, ReturnType TEXT, Type TEXT, DefPath TEXT, DefStartLine INT, DefStartCol INT, DefEndLine INT, DefEndCol INT, DeclPath TEXT, DeclStartLine INT, DeclStartCol INT, DeclEndLine INT, DeclEndCol INT, Kind INT, SubKind INT, Language INT, Generic INT, TemplatePartialSpecialization INT, TemplateSpecialization INT, UnitTest INT, IBAnnotated INT, IBOutletCollection INT, GKInspectable INT, Local INT, ProtocolInterface INT)
A textual representation for the
Language columns can be obtained using the
Currently, the columns from
ProtocolInterface are always 0, because for some reason the server always sends a zero-valued
The schema for
base_of is the same as
overridden_by, and is equivalent to the following:
CREATE TABLE vtable(Subject TEXT, Object TEXT)
The meaning is as follows: if a row
(S, O) is present in
S is a base class of
O; if a row
(S, O) is present in
S has been overridden by
Please note that it is only possible to query these two tables by their
Subject, querying by
Object is not possible due to limitations in the clangd protocol.
The schema of
refs tables is equivalent to
CREATE TABLE vtable(SymbolId TEXT, Declaration INT, Definition INT, Reference INT, Spelled INT, Path TEXT, StartLine INT, StartCol INT, EndLine INT, EndCol INT)
Please note that querying
refs without a
SymbolId will return 0 rows.
How do I build it?
ClangQL uses CMake, Protocol Buffers and gRPC. On Windows I used vcpkg to manage the two dependencies. I'm afraid I'm not knowledgeable enough with Linux and/or macOS to give precise indications on how to build it there, but I'm guessing that as long as you have the correct development packages installed and visible on your system, CMake will be able to locate them.
Once the repository is cloned, run:
cmake -B build -S . -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release -DVCPKG_TARGET_TRIPLET=x64-windows-static-md -DCMAKE_TOOLCHAIN_FILE=D:/vcpkg/scripts/buildsystems/vcpkg.cmake
to configure the build. Adjust
CMAKE_TOOLCHAIN_FILE and the generator type to suit your system and needs the best. Please note that the
sqlite CLI tool and the extension must have the same bitness, at least on Windows. A 32-bit CLI (such as the precompiled one from SQLite.org) will not load a 64-bit extension.
Once configured, run:
cmake --build build
to compile the extension. First time will take a long time (on Windows), due to the need to compile Protobuf and gRPC as well. Later builds will be faster.
I have uploaded precompiled 32- and 64-bit DLLs for Windows as a GitHub release, anyways.
What constraints are available?
symbols tables, the following constraints will generate more specific requests to the clangd server:
- Equality on
LIKE constraint on
Name relies on the fuzzy search semantics of clangd. The
LIKE constraint on
Scope has the effect of enabling the
any_scope field of the fuzzy find request to clangd. The
LIKE constraint on
DeclPath has the only effect of populating the
proximity_path of the fuzzy find request to clangd, which has the ultimate effect of prioritizing symbols declared or defined near the specified path.
overridden_by tables, only equality on
Subject generates specific queries to the server.
refs tables, only equality on
SubjectId generates specific queries to the server.
What works, what doesn't?
There is currently no way to i.e. obtain all possible relations between two symbols, so the relation tables are really only useful in joins. It's not a huge deal, as they are meant to be used that way anyways, but you still need to be careful when writing queries.
Not all queries are equally fast: querying on symbol id, name or scope is fast, everything else needs to happen client side and is potentially slow.
Similarly, when querying the
overridden_by relations, only one of the two directions is possible, the other is not currently possible due to protocol limitations. Also, not specifying a
Subject will result in 0 rows being returned.
refs without specifying a
SymbolId will result in 0 rows being produced. Specifying any one of
Spelled will generate more specific requests to the clangd server, all other fields are scanned client side.
Error checking is nonexistant. This is not ready for production use and was mostly made for fun, to explore to what extent the clangd interface was suitable for use with SQLite, and to learn about the SQLite virtual table system.