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Re: What's an annex? stratum?

Eli Zaretskii <> writes:
>> Cc: Stan Shebs <>,
>> From: Jim Blandy <>
>> Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2007 12:10:36 -0700
>> Well, let me try again to say what I meant: if you're new to GDB, you
>> should not start by reading gdbint.texinfo.  Instead, start by reading
>> and grepping, and then experiment by debugging GDB with itself.
> That may be the only practical way today, but IMO it's a terribly
> inefficient way.  GDB's sources is a hodgepodge of many disparate and
> not always related parts: different target-specific back-ends that
> have no relation whatsoever, semi-obsolete APIs used by a couple of
> rotting targets, features relevant only to remote debugging that are
> not clearly separated from the native pieces, etc.  For the
> uninitiated, finding one's way in all this maze of twisted little
> passages all alike, without some minimal guidance, is a very hard job,
> to say the least.

This is all true.

>> I'm even a little skeptical about the value of internals documentation
>> at all.
> I cannot disagree more.  A well written, well indexed internal
> documentation can be a real help in studying an unfamiliar program of
> GDB's complexity.

Well, if GCC's internals documentation is as good as they say, I could
be wrong.

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