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developerWorks: GNU Project Debugger: More Fun with GDB

Oct 11, 2006, 05:15 (0 Talkback[s])
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"The previous article on this topic, 'Fun with strace and GDB,' covered the basics of using these tools to explore your system and attach to programs that are already running to see what they were doing. This article presses on to customize the debugger to make the experience more personal and efficient.

"When GDB, the GNU Project Debugger, starts up, it looks for a file in the current user's home directory called .gdbinit; if the file exists, GDB executes all the commands in the file. Normally, this file is used for simple configuration commands, such as setting the default assembler format desired (Intel® or Motorola) or default radix to display input and output data (decimal or hexadecimal). It can also read a macro-coding language that allows more powerful customizations..."

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