Debugging with GDB
Summary of gdb
The purpose of a debugger such as gdb is to allow you to see what is going on “inside” another program while it executes—or what another program was doing at the moment it crashed.
gdb can do four main kinds of things (plus other things in support of these) to help you catch bugs in the act:
- Start your program, specifying anything that might affect its behavior.
- Make your program stop on specified conditions.
- Examine what has happened, when your program has stopped.
- Change things in your program, so you can experiment with correcting the effects of one bug and go on to learn about another.
Support for D is partial. For information on D, see D.
Support for Modula-2 is partial. For information on Modula-2, see Modula-2.
Debugging Pascal programs which use sets, subranges, file variables, or nested functions does not currently work. gdb does not support entering expressions, printing values, or similar features using Pascal syntax.
gdb can be used to debug programs written in Objective-C, using either the Apple/NeXT or the GNU Objective-C runtime.