Workaround for GDB Ctrl-C Interrupt

If you find yourself trying to interrupt a program being debugged by GDB with Ctrl-C and failing then this little program will allow you to issue the break from another session. Just run it passing the Windows pid of the process being debugged and GDB will regain control.

/* BEGIN debugbreak.c */

#ifndef _WIN32_WINNT
#define _WIN32_WINNT 0x0501
#endif

#if _WIN32_WINNT < 0x0501
#error Must target Windows NT 5.0.1 or later for DebugBreakProcess
#endif

#include <Windows.h>
#include <stddef.h>
#include <stdlib.h>

/* Compile with this line:

gcc -o debugbreak -mno-cygwin -mthreads debugbreak.c

*/

static char errbuffer[256];

static const char *geterrstr(DWORD errcode)
{
size_t skip = 0;
DWORD chars;
chars = FormatMessage(
FORMAT_MESSAGE_FROM_SYSTEM | FORMAT_MESSAGE_IGNORE_INSERTS,
NULL, errcode, 0, errbuffer, sizeof(errbuffer)-1, 0);
errbuffer[sizeof(errbuffer)-1] = 0;
if (chars) {
while (errbuffer[chars-1] == '\r' || errbuffer[chars-1] == '\n') {
errbuffer[--chars] = 0;
}
}
if (chars && errbuffer[chars-1] == '.') errbuffer[--chars] = 0;
if (chars >= 2 && errbuffer[0] == '%' && errbuffer[1] >= '0'
&& errbuffer[1] <= '9')
{
skip = 2;
while (chars > skip && errbuffer[skip] == ' ') ++skip;
if (chars >= skip+2 && errbuffer[skip] == 'i'
&& errbuffer[skip+1] == 's')
{
skip += 2;
while (chars > skip && errbuffer[skip] == ' ') ++skip;
}
}
if (chars > skip && errbuffer[skip] >= 'A' && errbuffer[skip] <= 'Z') {
errbuffer[skip] += 'a' - 'A';
}
return errbuffer+skip;
}

int main(int argc, char *argv[])
{
    HANDLE proc;
    unsigned proc_id = 0;
    BOOL break_result;

    if (argc != 2) {
        printf("Usage: debugbreak process_id_number\n");
        return 1;
    }
    proc_id = (unsigned) strtol(argv[1], NULL, 0);
    if (proc_id == 0) {
        printf("Invalid process id %u\n", proc_id);
        return 1;
    }
    proc = OpenProcess(PROCESS_ALL_ACCESS, FALSE, (DWORD)proc_id);
    if (proc == NULL) {
        DWORD lastError = GetLastError();
        printf("Failed to open process %u\n", proc_id);
        printf("Error code is %lu (%s)\n", (unsigned long)lastError,
            geterrstr(lastError));
        return 1;
    }
    break_result = DebugBreakProcess(proc);
    if (!break_result) {
        DWORD lastError = GetLastError();
        printf("Failed to debug break process %u\n", proc_id);
        printf("Error code is %lu (%s)\n", (unsigned long)lastError,
            geterrstr(lastError));
        CloseHandle(proc);
        return 1;
    }
    printf("DebugBreak sent successfully to process id %u\n", proc_id);
    CloseHandle(proc);
    return 0;
}

/* END debugbreak.c */

With thanks to Kyle McKay for posting the code to the cygwin mailing list http://cygwin.com/ml/cygwin/2006-06/msg00321.html

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