GDB - Installation
Before you go for installation, check if you already have gdb installed on your Unix system by issuing the following command:
If GDB is installed, then it will display all the available options within your GDB. If GDB is not installed, then proceed for a fresh installation.
You can install GDB on your system by following the simple steps discussed below.
step 1: Make sure you have the prerequisites for installing gdb:
An ANSI-compliant C compiler (gcc is recommended - note that gdb can debug codes generated by other compilers)
115 MB of free disk space is required on the partition on which you're going to build gdb.
20 MB of free disk space is required on the partition on which you're going to install gdb.
GNU's decompression program, gzip
The make utility - the GNU version is known to work without a problem, others probably do as well.
step 2: Download the gdb source distribution from ftp.gnu.org/gnu/gdb. (We used gdb-6.6.tar.gz for these instructions.) Place the distribution files in your build directory.
step 3: In your build directory, decompress gdb-6.6.tar.gz and extract the source files from the archive. Once the files have finished extracting, change your working directory to the gdb-6.6 directory that was automatically created in your build directory.
$ build> gzip -d gdb-6.6.tar.gz $ build> tar xfv gdb-6.6.tar $ build> cd gdb-6.6
step 4: Run the configure script to configure the source tree for your platform.
$ gdb-6.6> .⁄configure
step 5: Build gdb using the make utility.
$ gdb-6.6> make
step 6: Login as root and install gdb using the following command.
$ gdb-6.6> make install
step 7: If required, disk space can be reclaimed by deleting the gdb build directory and the archive file after the installation is complete.
$ gdb-6.6> cd .. $ build> rm -r gdb-6.6 $ build> rm gdb-6.6.tar
You now have gdb installed on your system and it is ready to use.