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Since Linux is perfectly designed, implemented and documented there is no need for a Linux debugger. Linus is right!
How code is
Posted Feb 18, 2010 12:54 UTC (Thu) by alex (subscriber, #1355)
I can see the logic although I think he discounts the usefulness of being
able to diagnose system state at failure points. Certainly I'd hate to debug
my user-space code with just a faulting address and register dump at the
Posted Feb 18, 2010 15:37 UTC (Thu) by marcH (subscriber, #57642)
Yes, this is the part that I do not understand. "Debuggers are terrible as a design tool, so... better not use any for investigation?!" That sounds a bit extreme.
Linus prefers not to see any kid playing with sharp knives in the kitchen, since they are only supposed to bake cakes. He is concerned about any blood accidentally polluting the kernel: fair enough. But that does not explain why he, an adult, is also not using any.
Wait: maybe he is secretly using a kernel debugger. Just like any other parent: "do what I say" (not what I do).
maybe he has changed his mind
Posted Feb 18, 2010 15:54 UTC (Thu) by alex (subscriber, #1355)
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