Debugging builtins with GDB

As of V8 v6.9, there’s a more convenient way to debug CSA / ASM / Torque builtins in GDB (and possibly other debuggers).

It’s now possible to create breakpoints from within GDB:

(gdb) tb i::Isolate::Init
Temporary breakpoint 1 at 0x7ffff706742b: i::Isolate::Init. (2 locations)
(gdb) r
Thread 1 "d8" hit Temporary breakpoint 1, 0x00007ffff7c55bc0 in Isolate::Init
(gdb) br Builtins_RegExpPrototypeExec
Breakpoint 2 at 0x7ffff7ac8784
(gdb) c
Thread 1 "d8" hit Breakpoint 2, 0x00007ffff7ac8784 in Builtins_RegExpPrototypeExec ()

Note that it works well to use a temporary breakpoint (shortcut tb in GDB) instead of a regular breakpoint (br) for this, since you only need it at process start.

Builtins are also visible in stack traces:

(gdb) bt
#0  0x00007ffff7ac8784 in Builtins_RegExpPrototypeExec ()
#1  0x00007ffff78f5066 in Builtins_ArgumentsAdaptorTrampoline ()
#2  0x000039751d2825b1 in ?? ()
#3  0x000037ef23a0fa59 in ?? ()
#4  0x0000000000000000 in ?? ()