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How to set break point in a method in a class and other questions?

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New to gdb  !!! I have trouble  in few issues.
1) Is it possible to browse source code from inside gdb?
2) How to set a break point in a function in a class?
3) How to set a break point in constructor?
4) How to switch between threads?


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>1) Is it possible to browse source code from inside gdb?
Browse as in code navigation - No ... But you can trace through the code ... n takes you to next statement and s steps into it
A basic primer
http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~benjasik/gdb/gdbtut.html

>2) How to set a break point in a function in a class?
b function_name
OR
b filename:lineno

b stands for brakpoint

>3) How to set a break point in constructor?
gdb ./a.out
b filename:lineno
run

>4) How to switch between threads?
info threads
this will display all current threads ... note down the thread number that you wish to switch to
thread <thread no>
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by:EmadGirgis
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Thanks!!

So,

If I need a file name of myclass.cpp
I use :myclass.cpp:101
or myclass.h:101

Do I need to provide a path for the file source?
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can you say
b myclass::myfunction

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can you give me a little definition on trace and how to do it in couple of steps?

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You can use either of myclass.cpp:101 myclass.h:101 ... former sets a breakpoint in the .cpp file and latter sets it in a .h file ... however generally we dont have much interesting executable code in .h file, so probably you would like to place it in the .cpp file.

>Do I need to provide a path for the file source?
You need to load the binary in the same directory as source ... gdb would automatically detect the source so you need only to specify the filename.

>can you say
>b myclass::myfunction
Yes

>can you give me a little definition on trace and how to do it in couple of steps?
Its a way of instrumenting your code ... You would define various messages within your source embedded in specific directives  ... you turn on those directives to get various levels of details of code execution.
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