bashdb  5.0-1.1.2
About: BASHDB is a source-code debugger for the bash shell that follows the gdb command syntax (for bash 5.0 or higher).
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Here we have a debugger (the debugger?) for Bash 3.0 and higher.

The command syntax generally follows that of the zsh debugger trepanning debuggers and, more generally, GNU debugger gdb.

There are 3 ways to get into the debugger. If bash (with debugger support enabled which is the default) is installed and the debugger are both installed properly. Then:

   bash --debugger -- bash-script-name script-arg1 script-arg2...

If bash isn't installed in a way that will find bashdb, then:

   bashdb [bashdb-opts] -- bash-script-name script-arg1 script-arg2...

The downside here is that $0 will be "bashdb" not bash-script-name. Also call stack will show the invocation to bashdb.

Finally, to invoke the debugger from the script

  # my script
  # work, work, work, ...

  # Load debugger support
  source <bashdb-installation>/bashdb-trace -L <bashdb-installation>
  # work, work, work or not...
  _Dbg_debugger; :   # Calls the debugger at the line below

An advantage of the above is that there is no overhead up until you invoke the debugger. Typically for large bash programs like configuration scripts, this is a big win.


stdin is closed by configure early on. This causes the debugger to quit. You can get around this invoking a command script that sets debugger up input and output. Run tty to figure out what the terminal tty is set to.

  $ tty

Above it came out to /dev/pts/3. Let's go with that. Put the folliwng in a file say /tmp/bashdb-configure

  source /dev/pts/3
  tty /dev/pts/3

Now arrange to read that configuration file using the -x or --eval-command switch:

  source <bashdb-installation>/bashdb-trace -L <bashdb-installation> -x /tmp/bashdb-configure

See INSTALL for generic GNU configure installation instructions.