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bashdb 4.1-0.5 and zshdb 0.5 released

bashdb and zshdb debuggers releases have been made. Changes are small, and include bug fixes and code reorganization. The debugger "set autolist" has been added.

Posted by Rocky Bernstein 2010-10-27

remake-3.81-0.3 - minor updates

This version has some minor bug fixed that folks have reported. It now compiles on Solaris too.

Posted by Rocky Bernstein 2010-05-02

kshdb 0.02 released

In this second release, debugger commands "enable", "disable", "examine", and "set and inferior-tty" were added; also the
command line option --tty option was added.

Posted by Rocky Bernstein 2009-06-13

pydb 1.26 and bashdb-4.0-0.3 released

This release of bashdb has a couple of bug fixes (e.g. for bash 4.0) while pydb has features back ported from its rewrite http://code.google.com/p/pydbgr/.

Posted by Rocky Bernstein 2009-04-11

remake-3.81-0.2 - minor updates

In preparing an update for Debian, Yaroslav Halchenk noticed missing documentation from the 3.80x code. Also a bug causing a SEGV in showing target information for a .PHONY target was fixed.

Posted by Rocky Bernstein 2009-01-11

Extended Python Debugger (pydb) 1.25 release

Some small bugs and configuration bugs were fixed. Listing zipped eggs is now supported.

Posted by Rocky Bernstein 2008-12-26

Extended Python Debugger (pydb) 1.24 release

Tests were revised for Python 2.6 and Python without readline installed. A bug involving invocation from ipython was fixed. The "frame" command is a little more like gdb's. Exceptions are now caught in runcall().

Posted by Rocky Bernstein 2008-12-10

First ksh debugger release, bash and zsh debuggers updated

The first release of a debugger for ksh version 93t 10/31/08 or better has been release. There are also some small updates to the bash and zsh debuggers.

Posted by Rocky Bernstein 2008-11-17

bashdb 4.0-01, remake-3.81-0.1 and zshdb-0.1 released

A big release day for this project: first serious debugger for zsh has been released. Also there is a major update to the bash debugger which has been tested on both bash 3.2 and bash 4.0 alpha. Finally a release of the debugger for GNU Make has been rebased off of version 3.81 rather than the previous hybrid 3.80 and pre 3.81.

Posted by Rocky Bernstein 2008-10-27

pydb 1.23

In version 1.23 an experimental feature allows you to drop into a Python or IPython shell (similar to irb for ruby-debug). Parameters are now shown on calls. You can save the current breakpoints and/or settings to a file to be read in during a subsequent debugger session. A gdb-like "annotate" mode was added, improving emacs interaction. Some bugs were fixed and the documentation was updated.

Posted by Rocky Bernstein 2008-05-31

ddd-3.12-test6 - corrects support for modern pydb versions

See the NEWS file in the release for a summary of the changes and ChangeLog for the gory details.

Posted by Rocky Bernstein 2008-02-02

bashdb 3.1-0.09 release (for bash versions 3.2 and 3.1)

Changes in this release are:

set/show trace-commands were added to make samilar to those commands in gdb 6.6

show commands now allows for a starting number and +; again the same as gdb.

variable and tilde expansion now occurs in cd command. Note that gdb does tilde expansion but not variable expansion like $HOME.

Add linetrace delay debugger command.

Make FreeBSD tests work, cygwin signals are working so test are run there... read more

Posted by Rocky Bernstein 2007-10-27

pydb 1.22

Function tracing, interactive and non-intractive, was added; calls and returns now show the nesting level.

Support for Emacs 22 and 23 was added; there is better tolerance for emacs on MS Windows.

ipython interaction was improved. BSD make can now be used instead of GNU make to build the debugger. Various bugs have been fixed.

Posted by Rocky Bernstein 2007-04-15

remake 0.62 release

There were some small bugfixes changes to track GNU Make development and changes to make more Debian compatibile.

Posted by Rocky Bernstein 2007-02-27

pydb 1.21 release - usability enhancements

A number of small usability enhancements were made. Some of these include improvements to command completion, getting help via pydoc, search-path lookup of Python executables, and showing thread information without explicit thread debugging requested. Note: Python version 2.4.0 or greater is now required.

Posted by Rocky Bernstein 2007-02-13

bashdb 3.1-0.07 supports cygwin and bash version 3.2

In the release, debugger commands added were "signal", "kill" and "quit" ; "contiinue" now allows an optional line-specification argument. This version works on bash versions 3.1 and 3.2 and changes have been made to facilitate building on cygwin. Some bugs fixed and documentation updated.

Posted by Rocky Bernstein 2006-12-10

pydb 1.20 - bug fixes and ipython compatibility improvments

Python 1.20 has a number of bug fixes. Additional features to make it play nice with the upcoming release of ipython have also been made.

Posted by Rocky Bernstein 2006-12-10

pydb 1.19 - minor enhancements

Some small improvements were made in signal handling, thread debugging, and documentation. Also there were changes to make pydb ipython friendly. The "continue" command now accepts an optional position name.

Posted by Rocky Bernstein 2006-10-27

pydb 1.18 has thread debugging and GDB-style signal handling

The ability to show thread information and debug threads was added. This is a bit experimental and is not completely stable.

GDB-style signal handling was added.

The gdb FILE command was added.

A bug in tbreak fixed.

The "examine" command now shows instance variables for an object.

Posted by Rocky Bernstein 2006-09-25

pydb 1.17

Many small improvements have been made to improve usability and make it possible for planned future changes. You can call the debugger without a script name.

The gdb "directory" and "show directories" commands have been implemented. The "examine" command shows more information about a Python object.

This release adds tolerance for Python 2.3.4, 2.3.5, and Python 2.5b. Systems tested include cygwin, FreeBSD, GNU/Linux, NetBSD, OSX, and Solaris. Bugs have been fixed and documentation improved.

Posted by Rocky Bernstein 2006-07-29

bashdb 3.1-0.06 release

There have been a number of small but important changes. Basically working on extending the Python debugger has helped this project out and I've tried to make the code bases be more alike.

This release adds the ability to run debugger commands on program breakpoint (gdb "commands"), show program status (gdb "info program"),
and call the debugger from inside the a debugged program, which potentially can speed things up and may increase reliabilty/reproducability of errors. A better line tracing facility was added. ... read more

Posted by Rocky Bernstein 2006-07-22

New releases of ddd, pydb, remake and bashdb

There are new releases of the remake, bashdb, pydb debuggers. They now have more of additional gdb commands. But most notable of the last two debuggers, bahdb, and pydb, is that they support some sort of command completion (if GNU readline is available).

As always bugs have been fixed and documentation improved (and is online as well).

In conjunction with the new debuggers the features have been encorporated into a new test version of ddd. The previous test version (3.3.12-test4) of ddd introducted a bug which prevented correct interaction between ddd and gdb. So if you have version 3.3.12-test4 installed you should definitely upgrade to 3.3.12-test5.

Posted by Rocky Bernstein 2006-03-25

pydb 1.14

Some small configuration management problems were fixed. Sometime later various problems with gdb breakage in ddd-3.3.12-test4 will be addressed.

Posted by Rocky Bernstein 2006-02-28

pydb 1.13 and ddd-3.3.12-test4 - bug fixes and improvements

pydb version 1.13 -Post-mortem debugging and debugging from calling inside a program have been improved and docuemented. Various bugs have been fixed and a number documentation corrections/additions have been made. A Unix Manual page has been added. The jump in version number is to be consistent with the Debian numbering of an older version of this program.

ddd 3.3.12-test4 corrects some bugs and makes use of the new pydb features and corrections.

Posted by Rocky Bernstein 2006-02-27

pydb 0.12 and ddd-3.3.12-test3 more debugging improvements

This release of pydb adds gdb display expressions, a pure exec restart, a help/info subcommand system, and many gdb commands. Changes were made to make it possible to use ddd as a frontend to this debugger. However ddd 3.3.12-test3 released at the same time is needed.

Posted by Rocky Bernstein 2006-02-22