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Developer at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jul 18 2012

What is most valuable?

- One of the best open source debuggers that are suitable for debugging a code base written in C/C++, Java, Fortran, etc., on a lot of platforms, including Linux. - It has the feature of debugging the Operating System kernel code base, which is not possible on other debuggers. - It can also be used to debug code base or executables on a remote machine. - It can be very easily scripted to automate… more »

What needs improvement?

- One of the basic problems with gdb, is the syntax of gdb. You have to spend some time grasping the basics, before you can start debugging your application. - Another major problem with gdb is that when debugging threaded applications, it stops the thread to examine the thread details and for taking a thread dump. Quite often, for critical applications, this is not acceptable. - Debugging code… more »

What other advice do I have?

A very good open source debugger available for a large number of platforms. It can debug various applications written in programming languages like C/CPP, Java, FORTRAN, etc. It can also do a remote debugging over a slow net connection. GDB is not a good candidate for debugging applications that run on threads, as halting the thread for say 3-5 seconds to take thread dumps, is sometimes not… more »

What is GDB?

GDB, the GNU Project debugger, allows you to see what is going on `inside' another program while it executes -- or what another program was doing at the moment it crashed.