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Created Mar 20, 2015
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LLDB python script to render TKStateMachines
# Be sure to add the python path that points to the LLDB shared library.
# # To use this in the embedded python interpreter using "lldb" just
# import it with the full path using the "command script import"
# command
# (lldb) command script import /path/to/
import lldb
import commands
import optparse
import shlex
import tempfile
import os
import subprocess
def create_dot_options():
usage = "usage: %prog [options]"
description='''This command is meant to be an example of how to make an LLDB command that
does something useful, follows best practices, and exploits the SB API.
Specifically, this command computes the aggregate and average size of the variables in the current frame
and allows you to tweak exactly which variables are to be accounted in the computation.
parser = optparse.OptionParser(description=description, prog='dot',usage=usage)
parser.add_option('-i', '--in-scope', action='store_true', dest='inscope', help='in_scope_only = True', default=False)
parser.add_option('-a', '--arguments', action='store_true', dest='arguments', help='arguments = True', default=False)
parser.add_option('-l', '--locals', action='store_true', dest='locals', help='locals = True', default=False)
parser.add_option('-s', '--statics', action='store_true', dest='statics', help='statics = True', default=False)
return parser
def the_dot_command(debugger, command, result, dict):
# Use the Shell Lexer to properly parse up command options just like a
# shell would
command_args = shlex.split(command)
parser = create_dot_options()
(options, args) = parser.parse_args(command_args)
# if you don't handle exceptions, passing an incorrect argument to the OptionParser will cause LLDB to exit
# (courtesy of OptParse dealing with argument errors by throwing SystemExit)
result.SetError ("option parsing failed")
# in a command - the lldb.* convenience variables are not to be used
# and their values (if any) are undefined
# this is the best practice to access those objects from within a command
target = debugger.GetSelectedTarget()
process = target.GetProcess()
thread = process.GetSelectedThread()
frame = thread.GetSelectedFrame()
if not frame.IsValid():
return "no frame here"
# from now on, replace lldb.<thing>.whatever with <thing>.whatever
variables_list = frame.GetVariables(options.arguments, options.locals, options.statics, options.inscope)
variables_count = variables_list.GetSize()
if variables_count == 0:
print >> result, "no variables here"
total_size = 0
#tk_state_machine = nil
for i in range(0,variables_count):
variable = variables_list.GetValueAtIndex(i)
variable_type = variable.GetType()
print str(variable)+" : "+str(variable_type)
total_size = total_size + variable_type.GetByteSize()
average_size = float(total_size) / variables_count
print >>result, "Your frame has %d variables. Their total size is %d bytes. The average size is %f bytes" % (variables_count,total_size,average_size)
# not returning anything is akin to returning success
def display_state_machine(tk_state_machine):
cmd = "po [" + tk_state_machine + " dotDump]"
res = lldb.SBCommandReturnObject()
ci = lldb.debugger.GetCommandInterpreter()
ci.HandleCommand(cmd, res)
with tempfile.NamedTemporaryFile() as temp:
print res.GetOutput()
subprocess.check_output(['/usr/local/bin/dot',, '-Tpdf', '-o''.pdf'])
def __lldb_init_module (debugger, dict):
# This initializer is being run from LLDB in the embedded command interpreter
# Make the options so we can generate the help text for the new LLDB
# command line command prior to registering it with LLDB below
parser = create_dot_options()
the_dot_command.__doc__ = parser.format_help()
# Add any commands contained in this module to LLDB
debugger.HandleCommand('command script add -f dot.the_dot_command dot')
print 'The "dot" command has been installed, type "help dot" or "dot --help" for detailed help.'
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humblehacker commented Mar 20, 2015

It's a total hack at the moment, but if you want to try it out:

  1. brew install graphviz
  2. create directory ~/.lldb
  3. save to ~/.lldb
  4. add file ~/.lldbinit containing the line
    command script import ~/.lldb/
  5. set a breakpoint after your state machine has been constructed, then in the lldb window:
    dot self.stateMachine

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