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[PATCH] Prevent source file errors in --batch-silent mode


The --batch-silent option disables all output on stdout, thus silencing GDB with no impact on the rest of the source base. However, it does *not* silence stderr.

Most of the time this is the right thing to do, but it can lead to a little unnecessary noise.

Specifically, given the following trivial test file:

int main()
  while (1)
  return 0;

Compiled with debug info, but with the source file *taken away*, the debugger will produce an irritating error message if the running program is interrupted with Ctrl-C:

$ gdb -ex run a.out -batch-silent
3       t.c: No such file or directory.

In this example the user is irritated, but in typical real world examples the error message refers to some OS source file they've never heard of (with a scary name like kernel.c), which may lead the user to think there is a real problem.

The attached patch prevents GDB attempting to print the source reference when in --batch-silent mode. The only outward evidence of this feature was the error message, so nothing is lost. If anything it's a little more efficient now.

<ADDPATCH infrun.c>

2008-04-21  Andrew Stubbs  <>

	* infrun.c (normal_stop): Don't print source location when running in
	--batch-silent mode.

Index: src/gdb/infrun.c
--- src.orig/gdb/infrun.c	2008-04-21 18:47:00.000000000 +0100
+++ src/gdb/infrun.c	2008-04-21 18:48:32.000000000 +0100
@@ -3170,6 +3170,11 @@ Further execution is probably impossible
   if (!stop_stack_dummy)
+      /* If --batch-silent is enabled then there's no need to print the current
+	 source location, and to try risks causing an error message about
+	 missing source files.  */
+      extern int batch_silent;
       select_frame (get_current_frame ());
       /* Print current location without a level number, if
@@ -3178,7 +3183,7 @@ Further execution is probably impossible
          bpstat_print() contains the logic deciding in detail
          what to print, based on the event(s) that just occurred. */
-      if (stop_print_frame)
+      if (stop_print_frame && !batch_silent)
 	  int bpstat_ret;
 	  int source_flag;

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