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16.13 .set

The .set command allows you to inspect and set the value of global settings. The following invocations are valid:


Prints all settings along with their values.

.set setting

Prints the value of the given setting.

.set setting value

Sets the value of setting to value.

The following settings can be handled with .set:


This setting determines whether poke should use pretty-printers while printing out the written representation of struct values.

Pretty-printers are defined as methods named ‘_print’.


This setting determines whether to automatically load map files when opening IO spaces.

The decision of what maps to load is driven by the contents of the array ‘auto_map’. Each entry in the array is an array whose first element is a regular expression, and the second element is the name of a map.


auto_map = [["\.o", "elf"], ["\.o", "dwarf"]];

The entry above makes poke to automatically load the maps ‘’ and ‘’ when opening any file whose name ends in ‘.o’, provided ‘auto-map’ is set to ‘yes’.


This setting determines whether a list of open maps is displayed before the poke prompt.

Example of a prompt with map information and ‘prompt-maps’ set to ‘yes’:

(poke) .file foo.o [dwarf,elf](poke)

Which indicates that the opening of the IO space ‘foo.o’ resulted in the ‘’ and ‘’ maps to be automatically loaded.


This sort of misnamed setting determines whether to show the mapped offsets and element/field offsets of composite values like arrays and structs.


(poke) .set omaps yes (poke) [1,2,3] [0x1 @ 0x0UL#b,0x2 @ 0x20UL#b,0x3 @ 0x40UL#b] @ 0x0UL#b

This setting defaults to ‘no’.


This setting determines the output numerical base to use when printing integral values like integers, offset magnitudes, and the like. The supported bases are 2 for binary, 8 for octal, 10 for decimal and 16 for hexadecimal.


This setting determines the maximum number of elements to output when printing out array values. Once the maximum number of elements is reached, an ellipsis ‘...’ is printed to represent the rest of the elements.


(poke) [1,2,3,4,5] [1,2,3,4,5] (poke) .set oacutoff 3 [1,2,3,...]

The default value is 0, which means no limit.


This setting determines the maximum number of nested structs to output when printing struct and union values. Once the maximum number of nested values is reached, a collapsed form ‘Type {...}’ is printed.


(poke) type Foo = struct { struct { int i; } bar; } (poke) Foo {} Foo { bar=struct {...} }

The default value for ‘odepth’ is 0, which means infinite depth.


This setting determines the width (in blank characters) of each indentation level when printing out struct values in ‘tree’ mode.


(poke) .set oindent 4 (poke) Foo {} Foo { i=0x0, l=0x0L }

This setting defaults to 2. See also ".help omode".


This setting determines the way binary struct data is displayed.

In ‘flat’ mode data is not formatted in any special way. Each value, be it simple or composite, is printed on one line.

In ‘tree’ mode composite values like structs and arrays are displayed in an hierarchical way, using newlines and indentation.


(poke) .set omode flat (poke) Foo {} Foo {i=0x0,l=0x0L}

(poke) .set omode tree (poke) Foo {} Foo { i=0x0, l=0x0L }

The default value of ‘omode’ is ‘flat’.


This setting determines the byte endianness used when accessing IO spaces. Valid values are ‘big’, ‘little’, ‘host’ and ‘network’.

The meaning of ‘big’ and ‘little’ is the obvious one: the endianness is set to big-endian and little-endian respectively.

The ‘host’ endianness is the endianness used by the computer and operating system that is running poke in order to handle it’s own memory and files.

The ‘network’ endianness is the endianness used by the host machine in order to communicate with the network.


This setting determines what mechanism to use to open the online user manual.

If ‘info’ is selected, the GNU info standalone program is launched to show the info version of the user manual.

If ‘less’ is selected, the less utility is launched ot show a plain text version of the user manual.

See also ".help .doc".

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