Sergey Haritonov Sergey Haritonov - 4 months ago 16
Linux Question

Cross-debug Windows application on Linux box in Eclipse CDT

I'm moved from Windows to Ubuntu Linux, and now I want to set up development environment here. The problem is that I need


  1. C/C++ IDE comparable to Visual Studio

  2. Way to generate Windows PE binaries

  3. Way do debug Windows PE binaries



At first time I tried Code::Blocks. Here I find guide to setting it up for cross-development so I managed to get "Hello World" compiled and running under Wine. Moreover, debugging worked too.

But then I found that Eclipse + CDT plugin is far more advanced IDE. I spent some time and finally get project compiled and linked.

Now I'm trying to get MinGW Insight version of GDB working within Eclipse CDT. Simple way to use debugger described in Code::Blocks guide won't work anymore. I continue to receive "Error creating session" messages.

So my question is, how I can use MinGW GDB under Wine as debugger back-end in Eclipse?
Or, what is best IDE for Linux->Windows cross-development?

Answer

I'm wondering that nobody answered this yet.

  1. QtCreator. Don't be confused by its name, QtCreator works is pretty well with any kind of C++ code, you don't need to code in Qt to use it. It is just like FOSS Visual Studio: it does even have a syntax checking "on fly".

  2. MinGW. Here's not much to say, it is just creates Win PE executables, and it works. It is available in repositories. Note, that a Win GUI applications have special bit in it's PE header set; so, in order to create GUI application with MinGW you have to pass an option -mwindows to set this bit.

  3. This is a problem. Really: I'm just trying to debug a windows application, and didn't find yet a way to do it. I will shortly recall here what I tried so far, just in order for you to not step on my rakes:

    • winedbg. Probably it should work, but for me it didn't. When I set a breakpoint, i.e. like this br 43, it says Unable to add breakpoint (unknown address 7b860807).

    • winedbg. Yeah, again, but this time we will use it like this winedbg --gbd to make it proxying a commands to gdb. Probably this is the only way to debug an application, but it have a drawbacks: first, in order to restart an application you have to exit debugger; if you enter run it says that the remote target doesn't support this. Second, I have no even idea how to debug a multithreaded application; when I first started this, I stumbled upon an error Non-stop mode requested, but remote does not support non-stop, and after setting a breakpoint and starting it says: Cannot insert breakpoint 1. and Cannot access memory at address 0x401654. So, in order to make this work I was needed to rename my .gdbinit file (i.e. non-stop mode is set there).

    • gdb.exe. I was sure that I found a way: simple usage of a windows version of gdb should solve problems; more over, for me, as I am a Emacs guy, it would be absolutely the same as debugging with native gdb. But alas, the windows gdb just didn't work. If I run it, and enter any command, it simply does nothing. It only reacts on Ctrl-c and Ctrl-z commands. Probably I will try on my spare time to ask a question about it on mailing list. Well, now we can't use it...

So what we have do with debug? Most probably seek another Windows debugger that works under WINE. If I correctly recall, OllyDbg worked, but I don't know at the moment how to make it show a source code.