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Expressions view

Use the Expressions view to create and work with expressions.

Figure 15-17 Expressions view

Expressions view

You can:

Add expressions

Enter your expression in the Enter new expression here field and press Enter on your keyboard. This adds the expression to the view and displays its value.


If your expression contains side-effects when evaluating the expression, the results are unpredictable. Side-effects occur when the state of one or more inputs to the expression changes when the expression is evaluated.

For example, instead of x++ or x+=1 you must use x+1 .

Edit expressions

You can edit the values of expressions in the Value field. Select the value and edit it.

Toolbar options

The following options are available from the toolbar menu:

Show all numerical values in hexadecimal

Click the numtohexbtn button to change all numeric values to hexadecimal values. This works as a toggle and your preference is saved across sessions.


In the Expressions view, select the expression you want to remove from view, and click deletebtn to remove the selected expression.

Add New Expression

Click the addexpression button to add a new expression.

Remove All Expressions

Click the deleteallbtn button to remove all expressions.


Click the searchexpressions button to search through all expressions.

Refresh Expressions View

Click the refreshbtn button to refresh or update the values in the view.

View Menu

The following View Menu options are available:

Link with

Links this view to the selected connection in the Debug Control view. This is the default. Alternatively you can link the view to a different connection. If the connection you want is not shown in the drop-down list you might have to select it first in the Debug Control view.

New Expressions View

Displays a new instance of the Expressions view.

Update View When Hidden

Enables the updating of the view when it is hidden behind other views. By default, this view does not update when hidden.

Freeze Data

Toggles the freezing of data in the current view. This option prevents automatic updating of the view. You can still use the Refresh option to manually refresh the view.

Context menu options

The following options are available from the context menu:


Copies the selected expression.

To copy an expression for use in the Disassembly view or Memory view, first select the expression in the Name field.


Pastes expressions that you have previously cut or copied.


Deletes the selected expression.

Select All

Selects all expressions.

Send to

Enables you to add register filters to an Expressions view. Displays a sub menu that enables you to add to a specific Expressions view.

<Format list>

A list of formats you can use for the expression value. These formats are Binary, Boolean, Hexadecimal, Octal, Signed Decimal, and Unsigned decimal.

Show in Registers

If the expression corresponds to a register, this displays the Registers view with that register selected.

Show in Memory

Where enabled, this displays the Memory view with the address set to either:

  • The value of the selected expression, if the value translates to an address, for example the address of an array, &name
  • The location of the expression, for example the name of an array, name.

The memory size is set to the size of the expression, using the sizeof keyword.

Show Dereference in Memory

If the selected expression is a pointer, this displays the Memory view with the address set to the value of the expression.

Show in Disassembly

Where enabled, this displays the Disassembly view with the address set to the location of the expression.

Show Dereference in Disassembly

If the selected expression is a pointer, this displays the Disassembly view, with the address set to the value of the expression.

Translate Variable Address

Displays the MMU view and translates the address of the variable.

Toggle Watchpoint

Displays the Add Watchpoint dialog to set a watchpoint on the selected variable, or removes the watchpoint if one has been set.

Enable Watchpoint

Enables the watchpoint, if a watchpoint has been set on the selected variable.

Disable Watchpoint

Disables the watchpoint, if a watchpoint has been set on the selected variable.

Resolve Watchpoint

If a watchpoint has been set on the selected variable, this re-evaluates the address of the watchpoint. If the address can be resolved the watchpoint is set, otherwise it remains pending.

Watchpoint Properties

Displays the Watchpoint Properties dialog box. This enables you to control watchpoint activation.

Column headers

Right-click on the column headers to select the columns that you want displayed:


An expression that resolves to an address, such as main+1024, or a register, for example $R1.


The value of the expression. You can modify a value that has a white background. A yellow background indicates that the value has changed. This might result from you either performing a debug action such as stepping or by you editing the value directly.

If you freeze the view, then you cannot change a value.


The type associated with the value at the address identified by the expression.


The number of array or pointer elements. You can edit a pointer element count.


The size of the expression in bits.


The address in hexadecimal identified by the expression, or the name of a register, if the expression contains only a single register name.


The access type of the expression.

Show All Columns

Displays all columns.

Reset Columns

Resets the columns displayed and their widths to the default.

All columns are displayed by default.


When debugging the Linux kernel, to view its internal thread structure,use these expressions:

For Arm®v8 in SVC mode, with 8K stack size:

(struct thread_info*)($SP_SVC &~0x1FFF)

For Armv8 AArch64 in EL1, with 16K stack size:

(struct thread_info*)($SP_EL1 &~0x3FFF)