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NAME

ddb – configure DDB kernel debugger properties

CONTENTS

SYNOPSIS


ddb capture [-M -core] [-N -system] print
ddb capture [-M -core] [-N -system] status
ddb script scriptname
ddb script scriptname=script
ddb scripts
ddb unscript scriptname
ddb pathname

DESCRIPTION

The ddb utility configures certain aspects of the ddb(4) kernel debugger from user space that are not configured at compile-time or easily via sysctl(8) MIB entries.

To ease configuration, commands can be put in a file which is processed using ddb as shown in the last synopsis line. An absolute pathname must be used. The file will be read line by line and applied as arguments to the ddb utility. Whitespace at the beginning of lines will be ignored as will lines where the first non-whitespace character is ‘#’.

OUTPUT CAPTURE

The ddb utility can be used to extract the contents of the ddb(4) output capture buffer of the current live kernel, or from the crash dump of a kernel on disk. The following debugger commands are available from the command line:
capture [-M core] [-N system] print Print the current contents of the ddb(4) output capture buffer.
capture [-M core] [-N system] status Print the current status of the ddb(4) output capture buffer.

SCRIPTING

The ddb utility can be used to configure aspects of ddb(4) scripting from user space; scripting support is described in more detail in ddb(4). Each of the debugger commands is available from the command line:
script scriptname
  Print the script named scriptname.
script scriptname=script
  Define a script named scriptname. As many scripts contain characters interpreted in special ways by the shell, it is advisable to enclose script in quotes.
scripts
  List currently defined scripts.
unscript scriptname
  Delete the script named scriptname.

EXIT STATUS

The utility exits 0 on success, and >0 if an error occurs.

EXAMPLES

The following example defines a script that will execute when the kernel debugger is entered as a result of a break signal:
ddb script kdb.enter.break="show pcpu; bt"

The following example will delete the script:

    ddb unscript kdb.enter.break

For further examples, see the ddb(4) and textdump(4) manual pages.

SEE ALSO

ddb(4), textdump(4), sysctl(8)

HISTORY

The ddb utility first appeared in FreeBSD 7.1 .

AUTHORS

Robert N M Watson

BUGS

Ideally, ddb would not exist, as all pertinent aspects of ddb(4) could be configured directly via sysctl(8).

DDB (8) December 24, 2008

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