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23 Extending gdb

gdb provides two mechanisms for extension. The first is based on composition of gdb commands, and the second is based on the Python scripting language.

To facilitate the use of these extensions, gdb is capable of evaluating the contents of a file. When doing so, gdb can recognize which scripting language is being used by looking at the filename extension. Files with an unrecognized filename extension are always treated as a gdb Command Files. See Command files.

You can control how gdb evaluates these files with the following setting:

set script-extension off
All scripts are always evaluated as gdb Command Files.
set script-extension soft
The debugger determines the scripting language based on filename extension. If this scripting language is supported, gdb evaluates the script using that language. Otherwise, it evaluates the file as a gdb Command File.
set script-extension strict
The debugger determines the scripting language based on filename extension, and evaluates the script using that language. If the language is not supported, then the evaluation fails.
show script-extension
Display the current value of the script-extension option.