(gdb.info)New Features


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New Features since GDB Version 3.5
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*Targets*
     Using the new command `target', you can select at runtime whether
     you are debugging local files, local processes, standalone systems
     over a serial port, or realtime systems over a TCP/IP connection.
     The command `load' can download programs into a remote system.
     Serial stubs are available for Motorola 680x0, Intel 80386, and
     Sparc remote systems; GDB also supports debugging realtime
     processes running under VxWorks, using SunRPC Remote Procedure
     Calls over TCP/IP to talk to a debugger stub on the target system.
     Internally, GDB now uses a function vector to mediate access to
     different targets; if you need to add your own support for a
     remote protocol, this makes it much easier.

*Watchpoints*
     GDB now sports watchpoints as well as breakpoints.  You can use a
     watchpoint to stop execution whenever the value of an expression
     changes, without having to predict a particular place in your
     program where this may happen.

*Wide Output*
     Commands that issue wide output now insert newlines at places
     designed to make the output more readable.

*Object Code Formats*
     GDB uses a new library called the Binary File Descriptor (BFD)
     Library to permit it to switch dynamically, without
     reconfiguration or recompilation, between different object-file
     formats.  Formats currently supported are COFF, ELF, a.out, Intel
     960 b.out, MIPS ECOFF, HPPA SOM (with stabs debugging), and
     S-records; files may be read as .o files, archive libraries, or
     core dumps.  BFD is available as a subroutine library so that
     other programs may take advantage of it, and the other GNU binary
     utilities are being converted to use it.

*Configuration and Ports*
     Compile-time configuration (to select a particular architecture and
     operating system) is much easier.  The script `configure' now
     allows you to configure GDB as either a native debugger or a
     cross-debugger. Note: Installing GDB, for details on how to
     configure.

*Interaction*
     The user interface to the GDB control variables is simpler, and is
     consolidated in two commands, `set' and `show'.  Output lines are
     now broken at readable places, rather than overflowing onto the
     next line.  You can suppress output of machine-level addresses,
     displaying only source language information.

*C++*
     GDB now supports C++ multiple inheritance (if used with a GCC
     version 2 compiler), and also has limited support for C++ exception
     handling, with the commands `catch' and `info catch': GDB can
     break when an exception is raised, before the stack is peeled back
     to the exception handler's context.

*Modula-2*
     GDB now has preliminary support for the GNU Modula-2 compiler,
     currently under development at the State University of New York at
     Buffalo.  Coordinated development of both GDB and the GNU Modula-2
     compiler will continue.  Other Modula-2 compilers are currently
     not supported, and attempting to debug programs compiled with them
     will likely result in an error as the symbol table of the
     executable is read in.

*Command Rationalization*
     Many GDB commands have been renamed to make them easier to remember
     and use.  In particular, the subcommands of `info' and
     `show'/`set' are grouped to make the former refer to the state of
     your program, and the latter refer to the state of GDB itself.
     Note: Renamed Commands, for details on what commands were
     renamed.

*Shared Libraries*
     GDB 4 can debug programs and core files that use SunOS, SVR4, or
     IBM RS/6000 shared libraries.

*Threads*
     On some systems, GDB 4 has facilities to debug multi-thread
     programs.

*Reference Card*
     GDB 4 has a reference card.  *Note Formatting the Documentation:
     Formatting Documentation, for instructions about how to print it.


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