GDB commands by function

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$ gdb -help         	print startup help, show switches
$ gdb object    	normal debug 
$ gdb object core     core debug (must specify core file)
$$ gdb object pid  	attach to running process
$ gdb        		use file command to load object 


(gdb) help      	list command classes
(gdb) help running     list commands in one command class
(gdb) help run         bottom-level help for a command "run"
(gdb) help info        list info commands (running program state)
(gdb) help info line   help for a particular info command
(gdb) help show        list show commands (gdb state)
(gdb) help show commands   specific help for a show command


(gdb) break main       set a breakpoint on a function
(gdb) break 101        set a breakpoint on a line number
(gdb) break basic.c:101set breakpoint at file and line (or function)
(gdb) info breakpoints show breakpoints
(gdb) delete 1         delete a breakpoint by number
(gdb) delete        	 delete all breakpoints (prompted)
(gdb) clear             delete breakpoints at current line
(gdb) clear function    delete breakpoints at function
(gdb) clear line        delete breakpoints at line
(gdb) disable 2         turn a breakpoint off, but don't remove it
(gdb) enable 2          turn disabled breakpoint back on
(gdb) tbreak function|line        set a temporary breakpoint
(gdb) commands break-no ... end   set gdb commands with breakpoint
(gdb) ignore break-no count       ignore bpt N-1 times before activation
(gdb) condition break-no expression         break only if condition is true
(gdb) condition 2 i == 20         example: break on breakpoint 2 if i equals 20
(gdb) watch expression        set software watchpoint on variable
(gdb) info watchpoints        show current watchpoints

Running the program

(gdb) run        	run the program with current arguments
(gdb) run args redirection        run with args and redirection
(gdb) set args args...        set arguments for run 
(gdb) show args        show current arguments to run
(gdb) cont       continue the program
(gdb) step       single step the program; step into functions
(gdb) step count       singlestep \fIcount\fR times
(gdb) next       step but step over functions 
(gdb) next count       next \fIcount\fR times
(gdb) CTRL-C     actually SIGINT, stop execution of current program 
(gdb) attach process-id        attach to running program
(gdb) detach   detach from running program
(gdb) finish   finish current function's execution
(gdb) kill           kill current executing program 

Browsing Data

(gdb) print expression      print expression, added to value history
(gdb) print/x expressionR   print in hex
(gdb) print array[i]@count        artificial array - print array range
(gdb) print $        	 print last value
(gdb) print *$->next    print thru list
(gdb) print $1        	 print value 1 from value history
(gdb) print ::gx        force scope to be global
(gdb) print 'basic.c'::gx        global scope in named file (>=4.6)
(gdb) print/x &main     print address of function
(gdb) x/countFormatSize address        low-level examine command
(gdb) x/x &gx        	 print gx in hex
(gdb) x/4wx &main       print 4 longs at start of \fImain\fR in hex
(gdb) x/gf &gd1         print double
(gdb) help x        	show formats for x
(gdb) info locals print local automatics only
(gdb) info functions regexp         print function names
(gdb) info variables  regexp        print global variable names
(gdb) ptype name        print type definition
(gdb) whatis expression       print type of expression
(gdb) set variable = expression    assign value
(gdb) display expression     display expression result at stop
(gdb) undisplay        delete displays
(gdb) info display     show displays
(gdb) show values      print value history (>= gdb 4.0)
(gdb) info history     print value history (gdb 3.5)

Machine-level Debug

(gdb) info registers        	print registers sans floats
(gdb) info all-registers       print all registers
(gdb) print/x $pc        	print one register
(gdb) stepi        		single step at machine level
(gdb) si        		single step at machine level
(gdb) nexti        		single step (over functions) at machine level
(gdb) ni        		single step (over functions) at machine level
(gdb) display/i $pc        	print current instruction in display
(gdb) x/x &gx        		print variable gx in hex
(gdb) info line 22        	print addresses for object code for line 22
(gdb) info line *0x2c4e        print line number of object code at address
(gdb) x/10i main        	disassemble first 10 instructions in \fImain\fR
(gdb) disassemble addr         dissassemble code for function around addr

Browsing source

(gdb) list 101  	list 10 lines around line 101
(gdb) list 1,10   list lines 1 to 10
(gdb) list main  	list lines around function 
(gdb) list basic.c:main  list from another file basic.c
(gdb) list -     	list previous 10 lines
(gdb) list *0x22e4      list source at address
(gdb) cd dir        	change current directory to \fIdir\fR
(gdb) pwd          	print working directory
(gdb) search regexpr    forward current for regular expression
(gdb) reverse-search regexpr    backward search for regular expression
(gdb) dir dirname       add directory to source path
(gdb) dir        	 reset source path to nothing
(gdb) show directories  show source path

Object File manipulation

(gdb) file object      	load new file for debug (sym+exec)
(gdb) file             	discard sym+exec file info
(gdb) symbol-file object       load only symbol table
(gdb) exec-file object 	specify object to run (not sym-file)
(gdb) core-file core   	post-mortem debugging

Stack backtrace

(gdb) bt        	print stack backtrace
(gdb) frame        	show current execution position
(gdb) up        	move up stack trace  (towards main)
(gdb) down        	move down stack trace (away from main)
(gdb) info locals print automatic variables in frame
(gdb) info args         print function parameters

Signal Control

(gdb) info signals        	print signal setup
(gdb) handle signo actions     set debugger actions for signal
(gdb) handle INT print         print message when signal occurs
(gdb) handle INT noprint       don't print message
(gdb) handle INT stop        	stop program when signal occurs
(gdb) handle INT nostop        don't stop program
(gdb) handle INT pass        	allow program to receive signal
(gdb) handle INT nopass        debugger catches signal; program doesn't
(gdb) signal signo        	continue and send signal to program
(gdb) signal 0        		continue and send no signal to program

History Display

(gdb) show commands        	print command history (>= gdb 4.0)
(gdb) info editing       	print command history (gdb 3.5)
(gdb) ESC-CTRL-J        	switch to vi edit mode from emacs edit mode
(gdb) set history expansion on       turn on c-shell like history
(gdb) break class::member      set breakpoint on class member. may get menu
(gdb) list class::member       list member in class
(gdb) ptype class              print class members
(gdb) print *this        	print contents of this pointer
(gdb) rbreak regexpr     	useful for breakpoint on overloaded member name 


(gdb) define command ... end    define user command
(gdb) RETURN     	repeat last command
(gdb) shell command args  execute shell command 
(gdb) source file       	load gdb commands from file
(gdb) quit       	quit gdb