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Re: Problem w/ gdb 7.3.50-2 under emacs

On 10/13/2011 2:32 PM, Ryan Johnson wrote:
On 13/10/2011 1:33 PM, Ryan Johnson wrote:
On 17/09/2011 8:51 AM, Ken Brown wrote:
On 9/13/2011 11:48 PM, Bill Priest wrote:
I updated gdb to 7.3.50-2 and I can no longer run M-x gdb under
emacs inside rxvt (gdb core dumps). Reverting back to 7.3.50-1 and it
works. The executable being debugged is built with gcc 4.5.3 and gdb
under rxvt and ddd works. Running M-x shell (/bin/sh) gdb also works.
Running M-x gdba fails identically to M-x gdb. The odd thing is
that after "Reading symbols ... done" nothing is typed and the
"Debugger segmentation fault (core dumped) occurs w/o typing a key.



int main(void)
printf("Hello World\n");
return 0;

compiled with
gcc -Wall -g -o t t.c

Current directory is ~/ GNU gdb (GDB) (cygwin-special) Copyright (C) 2011 Free Software Foundation, Inc. License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later<> This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it. There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law. Type "show copying" and "show warranty" for details. This GDB was configured as "i686-cygwin". For bug reporting instructions, please see: <>... Reading symbols from /home/wpriest/t.exe...done. (gdb) Debugger segmentation fault (core dumped)

I can confirm this. Bug M-x gud-gdb seems to work fine. I realize, however, that it may not give you the graphical interface that you'd like.

Notice that when you use M-x gdb, emacs calls gdb with the
--annotate=3 option. A google search suggests that this option is
obsolete. I don't know if that's part of the problem or not. I can
run gdb with that option outside of emacs and it doesn't segfault.
I also encountered problems, though in my case gdb managed not only to
hang, but also took emacs with it... I had to revert to the older

Has anybody figured out what might be causing the issue?

I plan to try, but I haven't gotten to it yet.

Update: gdb (previous version and home-built) doesn't seg fault, but is
unable to run commands under the latest cygwin emacs: nothing happens
when you hit [enter], though it usually responds to ^C and comes back to
the gdb prompt. A home-built emacs works perfectly (at least, with the
previous version of cygwin gdb).

Are you implying that the previous version of Cygwin gdb doesn't work with Cygwin emacs? It works for the OP and for me.


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