[webkit-dev] Remote debugger

Sergiy Temnikov Sergiy.Temnikov at 4d.com
Tue Feb 22 07:47:24 PST 2011

OK, cool! Thanks a lot. Nice to see a functioning browser to browser debugging. Do you know if the Web Inspector protocol specification is stable and finalized now?


De : Joseph Pecoraro [mailto:pecoraro at apple.com]
Envoyé : vendredi 18 février 2011 19:31
À : Sergiy Temnikov
Cc : webkit-dev at lists.webkit.org; Pavel Feldman; loislo at chromium.org; pmuellr at yahoo.com
Objet : Re: [webkit-dev] Remote debugger

Hello Sergiy,

I've got a bunch of links for different areas where work has been done.

Some information on the "protocol" and is outlined in the following links. I don't think they are up to date; I think things have improved and evolved since then. Pavel and Ilya may be able to comment more on the protocol since there has been quite a bit of work recently splitting it up into different domains to turn on/off debugging different "domains" or feature sets. But I think the protocol has been stable for a while. I think they even had some discussion with the Firebug team when they talked about a debugging protocol, but I can't seem to find where that discussion took place.
<http://webkit.org/b/43732> Web Inspector: Remote debugging meta-bug

Here is a screencast, previously posted to this list, of it working in Chromium:

There has been some work on an internal WebKit solution based on Web Sockets:
<http://webkit.org/b/43988> Web Inspector: Remote Web Inspector support for QtWebKit [Already Landed]
<http://webkit.org/b/51364> Web Inspector: Remote Web Inspector - Cross Platform InspectorServer [Open - Issues to be Worked Out]

External to WebKit, Patrick Mueller has been working on weinre. Patrick is on this list and might comment more:
http://pmuellr.github.com/weinre/index.html (https://github.com/pmuellr/weinre)

- Joe

On Feb 18, 2011, at 7:04 AM, Sergiy Temnikov wrote:


I'm working on a remote JavaScript debugger for a server which uses webkit to execute JavaScript code. The debugger is shaping up nicely and is already very much functional. We chose Crossfire as the debugging protocol and developed our own UI debugger client. However, being Crossfire-compatible, should allow us in the (hopefully near) future to debug the server-side JavaScript using Firefox with Firebug and Crossfire plug-ins. I was wondering if there are any plans in the webkit community to create a native remote JavaScript debugger as part of the webkit build. If there are such plans then what would be the debugging protocol of choice? Webkit is already available on mobile devices but because of the screen size limitations it is not always reasonable to debug the Javascript directly on a device. Instead, it would be nice to debug the device's  JavaScript from a regular PC over the network.
If any of you are already working on a similar subject then please share your thoughts and comments regarding your particular implementation, which protocol you use and how you see remote debugging appearing in webkit.


-Sergiy Temnikov


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