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Originally contributed by David Malcolm <>
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.. default-domain:: c
Source Locations
.. type:: gcc_jit_location
A `gcc_jit_location` encapsulates a source code location, so that
you can (optionally) associate locations in your language with
statements in the JIT-compiled code, allowing the debugger to
single-step through your language.
`gcc_jit_location` instances are optional: you can always pass NULL to
any API entrypoint accepting one.
You can construct them using :c:func:`gcc_jit_context_new_location`.
You need to enable :c:macro:`GCC_JIT_BOOL_OPTION_DEBUGINFO` on the
:c:type:`gcc_jit_context` for these locations to actually be usable by
the debugger:
.. code-block:: c
gcc_jit_context_set_bool_option (
.. function:: gcc_jit_location *\
gcc_jit_context_new_location (gcc_jit_context *ctxt,\
const char *filename,\
int line,\
int column)
Create a `gcc_jit_location` instance representing the given source
The parameter ``filename`` must be non-NULL. The call takes a copy of
the underlying string, so it is valid to pass in a pointer to an
on-stack buffer.
Faking it
If you don't have source code for your internal representation, but need
to debug, you can generate a C-like representation of the functions in
your context using :c:func:`gcc_jit_context_dump_to_file()`:
.. code-block:: c
gcc_jit_context_dump_to_file (ctxt, "/tmp/something.c",
1 /* update_locations */);
This will dump C-like code to the given path. If the `update_locations`
argument is true, this will also set up `gcc_jit_location` information
throughout the context, pointing at the dump file as if it were a source
file, giving you *something* you can step through in the debugger.