Note - For information on multithreaded programming and LWPs, see the Solaris Multithreaded Programming Guide.
The following thread information is available in dbx:
(dbx) threads t@1 a l@1 ?() running in main() t@2 ?() asleep on 0xef751450 in_swtch() t@3 b l@2 ?() running in sigwait() t@4 consumer() asleep on 0x22bb0 in _lwp_sema_wait() *>t@5 b l@4 consumer() breakpoint in Queue_dequeue() t@6 b l@5 producer() running in _thread_start() (dbx)
For native code, each line of information is composed of the following:
The * (asterisk) indicates that an event requiring user attention has occurred in this thread. Usually this is a breakpoint.
An ’o’ instead of an asterisk indicates that a dbx internal event has occurred.
The > (arrow) denotes the current thread.
t@number, the thread id, refers to a particular thread. The number is the thread_t value passed back by thr_create.
b l@number or a l@number means the thread is bound to or active on the designated LWP, meaning the thread is actually runnable by the operating system.
The “Start function” of the thread as passed to thr_create. A ?() means that the start function is not known.
The thread state (see Table 11-1 for descriptions of the thread states).
The function that the thread is currently executing.
For Java code, each line of information is composed of the following:
t@number, a dbx-style thread ID
The thread state (See Table 11-1 for descriptions of the thread states.)
The thread name in single quotation marks
A number indicating the thread priority
Table 11-1 Thread and LWP States
thread [-blocks] [-blockedby] [-info] [-hide] [-unhide] [-suspend] [-resume] thread_id
For more information on the thread command, see thread Command.
threads [-all] [-mode [all|filter] [auto|manual]]
For an explanation of the threads list, see Thread Information.
For more information on the threads command, see threads Command.
However, you can resume a single thread using the call command with the -resumeone option (see call Command).
Consider the following two scenarios when debugging a multithreaded application where many threads call the function lookup():
You set a conditional breakpoint:
stop in lookup -if strcmp(name, "troublesome") == 0
When t@1 stops at the call to lookup(), dbx attempts to evaluate the condition and calls strcmp().
You set a breakpoint:
stop in lookup
When t@1 stops at the call to lookup(), you issue the command:
call strcmp(name, "troublesome")
When calling strcmp(), dbx would resume all threads for the duration of the call, which similar to what dbx does when you are single stepping with the next command. It does so because resuming only t@1 has the potential to cause a deadlock if strcmp() tries to grab a lock that is owned by another thread.
A drawback to resuming all threads in this case is that dbx cannot handle another thread, such as t@2, hitting the breakpoint at lookup() whilestrcmp() is being called. It emits a warning like one of the following:
event infinite loop causes missed events in following handlers:
Event reentrancy first event BPT(VID 6, TID 6, PC echo+0x8) second event BPT(VID 10, TID 10, PC echo+0x8) the following handlers will miss events:
In such cases, if you can ascertain that the function called in the conditional expression will not grab a mutex, you can use the -resumeone event modifier to force dbx to resume only t@1:
stop in lookup -resumeone -if strcmp(name, "troublesome") == 0
Only the thread that hit the breakpoint in lookup() would be resumed in order to evaluate strcmp().
This approach does not help in cases such as the following:
If the second breakpoint on lookup() happens in the same thread because the conditional recursively calls lookup()
If the thread on which the conditional runs yields, sleeps, or in some manner relinquishes control to another thread