B.6 System-wide configuration and settings
gdb can be configured to have a system-wide init file; this file will be read and executed at startup (see What gdb does during startup).
Here is the corresponding configure option:
- Specify that the default location of the system-wide init file is file.
If gdb has been configured with the option --prefix=$prefix, it may be subject to relocation. Two possible cases:
- If the default location of this init file contains $prefix, it will be subject to relocation. Suppose that the configure options are --prefix=$prefix --with-system-gdbinit=$prefix/etc/gdbinit; if gdb is moved from $prefix to $install, the system init file is looked for as $install/etc/gdbinit instead of $prefix/etc/gdbinit.
- By contrast, if the default location does not contain the prefix, it will not be relocated. E.g. if gdb has been configured with --prefix=/usr/local --with-system-gdbinit=/usr/share/gdb/gdbinit, then gdb will always look for /usr/share/gdb/gdbinit, wherever gdb is installed.