In “Watchpoints: Data Breakpoints” I used the Eclipse based CodeWarrior to set breakpoints so the debugger stops when my application is writing or reading a certain memory location. That CodeWarrior is based on an earlier Eclipse version, and things are different in Eclipse Kepler and not so easy to find. So here is how I can use watchpoints in Eclipse Kepler:
While you technically *could* set a watchpoint on a local variable, it really only makes sense for a global variable (or to a global memory address). The easiest way in Eclipse Kepler is to use the Outline View and to use the ‘Toggle Watchpoint’ context menu:
💡 If the menu is grayed out, then your variable is not really a global variable?
In the dialog I can configure the watchpoint:
It is then listed in the Breakpoints view:
It is possible to set a watchpoint for an address too: instead of using a variable name, use an immediate number for the address:
Another (hidden) way is to use watchpoints directly in the Breakpoints view using that small triangle menu:
To trigger a stop only if the variable has a certain value, I can add a condition like below:
This will halt the target whenever the value of that globalVariable changes to 50.
Using watchpoints is a very powerful way to debug an application, as I can stop the execution on memory read/write accesses. Watchpoint support is rather hidden in Eclipse Kepler, but knowing that it exists and where watchpoints can be enabled can help :-).
Happy Watching 🙂