Chrome on Android has java and c/c++ code. Each “side” have its own set of tools for debugging. Here's some tips.
You can run the app by using one of the wrappers.
# Installs, launches, and enters logcat. out/Default/bin/content_shell_apk run --args='--disable-fre' 'data:text/html;utf-8,<html>Hello World!</html>' # Launches without first installing. Does not show logcat. out/Default/bin/chrome_public_apk launch --args='--disable-fre' 'data:text/html;utf-8,<html>Hello World!</html>'
Chromium logging from LOG(INFO) etc., is directed to the Android logcat logging facility. You can filter the messages, e.g. view chromium verbose logging, everything else at warning level with:
# Shows a coloured & filtered logcat. out/Default/bin/chrome_public_apk logcat [-v] # Use -v to show logs for other processes
Do not use fprintf or printf debugging! This does not redirect to logcat.
For both apk and test targets, pass
--wait-for-java-debugger to the wrapper scripts.
# Install, launch, and wait: out/Default/bin/chrome_public_apk run --wait-for-java-debugger # Launch, and have GPU process wait rather than Browser process: out/Default/bin/chrome_public_apk launch --wait-for-java-debugger --debug-process-name privileged_process0 # Have Renderers wait: out/Default/bin/chrome_public_apk launch --args="--renderer-wait-for-java-debugger" # Have tests wait: out/Default/bin/run_chrome_public_test_apk --wait-for-java-debugger out/Default/bin/run_chrome_junit_tests --wait-for-java-debugger # Specify custom port via --debug-socket=9999
In Eclipse, make a debug configuration of type “Remote Java Application”. Choose a “Name” and set “Port” to
Make sure Eclipse Preferences > Run/Debug > Launching > “Build (if required) before launching” is unchecked.
Run Android Device Monitor:
Now select the process you want to debug in Device Monitor (the port column should now mention 8700 or xxxx/8700).
Run your debug configuration, and switch to the Debug perspective.
While the app is running, use the wrapper script's
gdb command to enter into a gdb shell.
When running with gdb attached, the app runs extremely slowly.
# Attaches to browser process. out/Default/bin/content_shell_apk gdb out/Default/bin/chrome_public_apk gdb # Attaches to gpu process. out/Default/bin/chrome_public_apk gdb --debug-process-name privileged_process0 # Attach to other processes ("chrome_public_apk ps" to show pids). out/Default/bin/chrome_public_apk gdb --pid $PID
When connecting, gdb will complain of not being able to load a lot of libraries. This happens because of java code. The following messages are all expected:
Connecting to :5039... warning: Could not load shared library symbols for 211 libraries, e.g. /system/framework/arm/boot.oat. Use the "info sharedlibrary" command to see the complete listing. Do you need "set solib-search-path" or "set sysroot"? Failed to read a valid object file image from memory.
If you have ever run an ASAN build of chromium on the device, you may get an error like the following when you start up gdb:
/tmp/<username>-adb-gdb-tmp-<pid>/gdb.init:11: Error in sourced command file: "/tmp/<username>-adb-gdb-tmp-<pid>/app_process32": not in executable format: file format not recognized
If this happens, run the following command and try again:
$ src/android/asan/third_party/asan_device_setup.sh --revert
While the app is running, run the
gdb command with
out/Default/bin/content_shell_apk gdb --ide
Connect via the IDE's launch entry. Connecting takes 30-40 seconds.
When troubleshooting, it's helpful to enable engine logging.
# Install, launch, and wait: out/Default/bin/chrome_public_apk run --args="--wait-for-debugger" # Launch, and have GPU process wait rather than Browser process: out/Default/bin/chrome_public_apk launch --args="--wait-for-debugger-children=gpu-process" # Or for renderers: out/Default/bin/chrome_public_apk launch --args="--wait-for-debugger-children=renderer"
gdb attaches, the app will resume execution, so you must set your breakpoint before attaching.
Once attached, gdb will drop into a prompt. Set your breakpoints and run “c” to continue.
If a crash has generated a tombstone in your device, use:
build/android/tombstones.py --output-directory out/Default
If you have a stack trace (from
adb logcat) that needs to be symbolized, copy it into a text file and symbolize with the following command (run from
third_party/android_platform/development/scripts/stack --output-directory out/Default [tombstone file | dump file]
stack can also take its input from
adb logcat -d | third_party/android_platform/development/scripts/stack --output-directory out/Default
third_party/android_platform/development/scripts/stack --output-directory out/Default ~/crashlogs/tombstone_07-build231.txt
You will need the ProGuard mapping file that was generated when the application that crashed was built. When building locally, these are found in:
out/Default/apks/ChromePublic.apk.mapping out/Default/apks/ChromeModernPublic.apk.mapping etc.
When debugging a failing test on the build waterfall, you can find the mapping file as follows:
.mappingfile for the APK used by the test (e.g.,
ChromePublic.apk.mapping). Note that you may need to use the
tools/swarming_client/isolateserver.pyscript to download the mapping file if it's too big. The viewer will provide instructions for this.
Googlers Only: For official build mapping files, see go/chromejavadeobfuscation.
Once you have a .mapping file, build the
ninja -C out/Default java_deobfuscate
Then run it via:
# For a file: out/Default/bin/java_deobfuscate PROGUARD_MAPPING_FILE.mapping < FILE # For logcat: adb logcat | out/Default/bin/java_deobfuscate PROGUARD_MAPPING_FILE.mapping
In your build environment:
adb root adb shell stop adb shell setprop log.redirect-stdio true adb shell start
In the source itself, use
fprintf(stderr, "message"); whenever you need to output a message.
To run unit tests use the following command:
out/Debug/bin/run_test_name -f <test_filter_if_any> --wait-for-debugger -t 6000
That command will cause the test process to wait until a debugger is attached.
To attach a debugger:
build/android/adb_gdb --output-directory=out/Default --package-name=org.chromium.native_test
After attaching gdb to the process you can use it normally. For example:
(gdb) break main Breakpoint 1 at 0x9750793c: main. (2 locations) (gdb) continue