I have a decompiled result from calling idaapi.decompile().

From the decompiled result, I obtain the treeitems and loop through them looking for items that are of type cexpr_t and have the opname of "call".

I can then grab the argument list (carglist_t) and I can easily see that I have the call I am looking for based on the number of carg_t items in the list.

What I would like to get is the text belonging to the carg_t object. If I call 'string', it returns None.

How can I do this?

I know that the text can be generated because I can call get_pseudocode on the decompiled result and print the lines of the function. However, I wanted to avoid parsing the function call text and instead have IDA give me each argument since it has already done all of the required parsing.

If it matters, I am running IDA 6.9.


You can get the string based on the carg_t's element type (its ctype_t).

Let's assume that your carg_t instance is a variable named arg. Then for example, if arg.op == cot_var then the argument's element type is a local variable. You'd get arg's lvars_t index via arg.v.idx and you can then get that variable's name as follows:

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  • I can confirm that worked for this case. What if the carg_t instance is a cot_cast or a cot_obj? When it is a cot_cast, it will probably look like (char*)&unk_123456 and I need that text so I can parse out the 123456 which will likely be the memory address of a string. When it is a cot_obj, it is likely to be a static string and it is the string that I want. – ericg May 18 '16 at 12:58
  • For cot_obj, in my case, the answer appears to be idc.GetString( cargtVar.obj_ea, -1, idc.ASCSTR_C ). I am finding the information in part from hex-rays.com/products/decompiler/manual/sdk/… in the Public Attributes section. I am still working on cot_cast. – ericg May 18 '16 at 13:25

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