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Installing GNU Debugger - GDB
Before you go for installtion,check if you already have gdb installed on your Unix system by issuing 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.
Its very easy to install GDB on your system. This session will guide you steps by step to install GDB.
- Make sure you have the prerequisites for installing gdb:
- An ANSI-compliant C compiler ( gcc is recommended - note that gdb is capable of debugging code generated by other compilers )
- 115 MB of free disk space on the partition you're going to build gdb on.
- 20 MB of free disk space on the partition you're going to install gdb on.
- GNU's decompression program, gzip
- The make utility - the GNU version is known to work without a problem, others probably do as well.
- Download the gdb source distribution from ftp.gnu.org/gnu/gdb. (I used gdb-6.6.tar.gz for these instructions.) Place the distribution files in
your build directory.
- In your build directory, uncompress 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 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
- Run the configure script to configure the source tree for your platform.
- Build gdb using the make utility.
- Login as root, and install gdb using following command.
- If desired, disk space can be reclaimed by deleting the gdb build directory and archive file after installation is complete.
$ gdb-6.6> cd ..
$ build> rm -r gdb-6.6
$ build> rm gdb-6.6.tar
Now gdb is now installed on your system and ready for use.